While taking a leisurely stroll in your neighbourhood, you may have noticed small, free standing boxes popping up that are stocked with free books available for temporary loan. These so-called little free libraries are growing in popularity throughout North America, with nearly a dozen installations in and around Kingston.
Little free libraries are being installed by home owners who aspire to share good reads and otherwise encourage positive reading habits within the community. They operate much like the old school “need a penny, take a penny” trays that were once commonplace in convenience stores. Passers-by can browse the selection, take away whatever titles catch their fancy, and leave a book or two behind for others to enjoy. Little free library stewards also replenish the stock and curate the selection to keep things interesting and otherwise appropriate.
The standalone structures are conveniently positioned close to the sidewalk, while their design tends to reflect the personality of the home owner and surrounding neighborhood. Some little free libraries in Kingston are more elaborate and well kept than others, but all are essentially open 24 and 7, diligently stocked even in the dead of winter.
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