Continuing to see more and more of these all over the place.
When the stock runs low particularly the children's shelf, we have an online neighborhood website and my friend and other patrons of libraries in the area will post what their needs are and that has been very successful.
The Pack Horse Library initiative, which sent librarians deep into Appalachia, was one of the New Deal’s most unique plans. The project, as implemented by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), distributed reading material to the people who lived in the craggy, 10,000-square-mile portion of eastern Kentucky. The state already trailed its neighbors in electricity and highways. And during the Depression, food, education and economic opportunity were even scarcer for Appalachians. ... Carriers rode out at least twice a month, with each route covering 100 to 120 miles a week. Nan Milan, who carried books in an eight-mile radius from the Pine Mountain Settlement School, a boarding school for mountain children, joked that the horses she rode had shorter legs on one side than the other so that they wouldn't slide off of the steep mountain paths. Riders used their own horses or mules-—the Pine Mountain group had a horse named Sunny Jim—or leased them from neighbors. They earned $28 a month—around $495 in modern dollars.
I was vainly looking for book boxes in Toulouse but the few I found online no long exist, if they ever did. But there are several in Bordeaux, so when our son, who works in Bordeaux, comes to visit, I give him some books to take there. He told me that sometimes he puts something in at lunch time and then checks later in the evening on his way home and the book is already gone. Even my old Lonely Planet guidebooks find takers!
I read just yesterday that there is great demand by the current migrants for reading materials, probably mostly in Arabic or English as I doubt that there is much available in Tigrinya in France. I am going to investigate if there is a local collection point for books.
My friend Carol who sponsored the" Little Library" in the OP has organized a book drive for the victims of Hurricane Harvey that hit Texas. She has a sister who lives in Houston who gratefully wasn't flooded out and through her we are organizing our efforts to get books to those who lost their libraries. Everything from reference guides, children's literature, cooking and gardening books along with novels etc. are being sorted through and shipped out in degrees and dispersed by volunteers.
P.S. That WPA pic is amazing!!! Every time I see something that came to fruition during that era I am thoroughly blown away.
I’m thinking about setting up a couple Little Free Libraries along our new pedestrian bicycle path. Before the path, this area was mainly a car-accessed suburb with little community feel. The path has changed all that, as bikers, walkers, runners, dog-walkers, skateboarders and baby-buggy pushers are turning out to enjoy the safe and scenic trail that now connects our scattered subdivisions. I visited the official Little Free Library website for tips on getting started. littlefreelibrary.org/start/
I am planning on getting rid of my huge collection of National Geographic and Geo from more than 10 years ago and also a few other items like that. I can just about empty a complete bookcase if I manage to give them away. I know that I could sell them for a pittance on something like eBay, but I prefer to donate them. I need to go to the local library down the street and ask them if they are interested.
Kerouac, in post #53 you mention your old National Geographics. Did you manage to get rid of them? I have 10 years worth -- every issue except one that I lent and was never returned!. But since they are in English, I don't know what to do with them. They take up a lot of space, are heavy and I don't want to recycle them.
I saw a book box in my local supermarket the other day!
Interesting that you should bring it up, because I have not done it yet, but it is tormenting me again. I am planning on proposing the collection to the nearby Vaclev Havel library. If they sound tepid about it, there are two junior high schools very close by, so I might contact them. But it is really a relatively giant load to transport, so I will ask if they can come and get them. If not, I am registered at the local "Next Door" association, so I might publish a bulletin asking for assistance. I also have a load of useless Time-Life books (useless to me but not necessarily to everybody), and I could empty an entire huge bookcase if somebody will take all of this away.
I just looked at my National Geographic collection, and it seems to go from Feb 1988 to March 1994. My Geo collection goes from April 1980 to May 1998. There may be gaps, but since I want to give them away, I don't think that really matters...
I sort of think I would prefer to give them to schools, where they can be cut up and made into projects about various countries. Before long, the internet will make such things completely obsolete.
What about this, Kerouac -- they say they have "current and historical periodicals", so might well be interested in the Natl Geographics. americanlibraryinparis.org
They also have a facebook page on which anyone can post. When you go to that page, a chatbox automatically opens up. www.facebook.com/theamericanlibraryinparis/ Maybe if they don't want the material, they can point you to someplace that might & that would pick it up.
In Toronto recently I put the book I had been reading on the plane in a book box and was very lucky to find another, and better one, for the return flight. Margaret Drabble was put in, and Margaret Laurence was taken out and will be kept.
In Bayonne this past week, the city has put several book boxes around the city. They are very good because they have glass doors and they close, so the books are protected.
Nice that you got a Canadian author for the return flight!
I kind of don't get book boxes without a cover. In the pictures above from Ghent, there was some kind of social hall next to those shelves, so I assume the books got taken in for bad weather. It would be awful to see a nice donated book turn all swollen and unreadable.