My Little Free Library War: How Our Suburban Front-Yard Lending Box Made Me Hate Books and Fear My Neighbors

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And it drove home another lesson: Not only was I not a librarian, I wasn’t even really dealing in reading material. That the objects in our Little Free Library happened to be books was beside the point. The salient fact was that the items were free. We may as well, I suspected, have been offering plastic spoons, Allen wrenches and facial tissue. I tested this hypothesis by mixing in non-book items including an instructional DVD on how to use an exercise ball, and a few packets of echinacea seeds. All of it went.
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Thank you for posting this. As the only librarian I know who expresses less-than-cheerleading sentiments about the Little Free Library fad, I am happy to see someone with firsthand experience admitting publicly that it may not be all it's cracked up to be.

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