This is why I’ve come to dislike Little Free Libraries

Remember when I came out against un-curated Little Free Libraries?


The giant bound volume of an academic journal from 1961. Really? After I took the picture–without really noting the title of the bound periodicals–I thought “Hmm, maybe they would be kind of cool magazines from 1961 and would be cool for the advertising alone.” Then I went back and saw the title again. No chance of that being fun to look through.

A book in French because that won’t sit there forever.

Hacky Sack? Do people read when they are stoned?

Nothing against the Lee and Bob Woodruff book, but it is so typical of what shows up on DC bookshelves.

Didn’t know the Utne Reader still existed.

Time and Navigation. The kind of book you buy at the Smithsonian when intrigued by something. Best case scenario, it ends up by the toilet. Who wants a free toilet book?

11 thoughts on “This is why I’ve come to dislike Little Free Libraries

  1. Chris Wolak June 1, 2016 / 10:37 am

    It’s good to know it’s not just me, wondering if I’m turning into a grumpy old woman.


  2. serenknitity June 1, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Looks like Little Free Libraries are where books go to die.


  3. Liz Dexter June 1, 2016 / 11:53 am

    It’s like what happens in BookCrossing zones if you’re not careful, but most of those are curated by someone.

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  4. Sarah C June 1, 2016 / 11:57 am

    AH HA HA HA! That’s perfect! And man, almost all that stuff needs to head straight to the recycling can!


  5. Susan in TX June 1, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    You have trained me never to read your posts with a mouthful of anything. :) But, have to agree that this is sad. The biggest reason I won’t consider one of these is because I’m afraid of what someone will leave behind in the box.


  6. Ti June 1, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    We had a little library pop up on my corner last year but surprisingly, I’ve not visited it as of yet. I sent my kid down there though and he said that there are always plenty of copies of The Book of Mormon in there. I know that the missionaries did not put them there so they’ve popped up from people who took them and no longer wanted them, probably.


  7. Kate W June 2, 2016 / 7:35 am

    I don’t have any free libraries in my area but I’ve always wondered if they’d become a dumping ground… Your pic confirms my worst fears.


  8. biggardenblog June 2, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    [J] We have the equivalent here in Scotland, generally at small island airports, ferry terminals etc. Ours are worse! I believe their origins lie in 19thC ‘seamen’s missions’, and at that time would have been religious or moral books. Occasionally, though, something completely anachronistic (or is that NOT anachronistic!?) appears – such as Die Nebeln von Avalon (German translation of a novel set in Celtic Britain, written by US author), which gave me a chance to brush up my German reading skills!


  9. Karen K. June 4, 2016 / 6:42 am

    Based on the crap books people “donate” to libraries, I am not surprised. Mostly we would just end up dumping them in the garbage.

    It’s sad because Little Free Libraries really are a nice idea.


  10. Karin Kravitz August 20, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    Makes me glad we live in our neighborhood where there are lots of free libraries and more great books are left than we can carry.


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