Thursday, July 10, 2014
Little free library, Minibieb, Kinderzwerfboek.
The other day Mark came home for work and told me he had seen something from the window of his car while driving around and he wanted us to go explore it further. He said it was a little box filled with books outside of a house he passed and that it seemed that it was open to the public.
And indeed it was. Did you know about the 'Little Free Library' initiative? I didn't, but I am beyond excited. The concept, as it name says, is having small bookshelves with free access to books all over the world, on a "take one, leave one" premise. The movement started in the USA but it has soon spread everywhere. I am so excited to go on an urban search looking for more of these! Zarawitta and NLE I am looking at you and daring you too: there are two in Mexico, one in Mexico city and a second one in Guadalajara.
In The Netherlands there is a similar initiative called 'Minibieb' (Mini bibliotheek), you will find a bunch of these in children petting farms (kinderboerderijen). And there is even more. On one of our walks I found a book laying on top of a bench, forgotten, apparently. The boy hates it when I pick up, or even observe, dirty 'junk' that lays in the world. But I saw a children's book that had a sticker on it that read: "Neem me mee, lees me... en laat me weer zwerven" (Take me, read me and let me roam again). And so I took it. This time the idea of "sending your books on a trip and following their adventures", or Kinderzwerfboek, comes from the National Fund for Children (Nationaal fonds kinderhulp).
This makes me so, so happy. I've ranted before on how it makes me sad that over here access to so-called public libraries is no longer free for everyone (only for those under 18) because of lack of subsidies.
This kind of social, independent reactions to the system is what really makes the world a different, friendlier place for everyone. Have you found any of this boxes of magic in your area?