In January comes the snow…. and ice and wind… “what’s a gardener to do?” This year I have a library outside my garden that supplies free books to the neighborhood. It is called a Little Free Library and they are popping up all over the country. The motto is take a book, read a book and return or donate a book. No library card needed because it’s on the honor system. Well there’s an idea we don’t use often.
“Where do the books come from?” I am frequently asked.”Donations and thrift stores”are my answer. Did you know that once a book leaves a store it devalues just like a car. That Dr. Seuss book you just got your child is now worth a penny. Don’t believe me then try one of the many apps like Bookscouter that reads the UPC on any book and tells you the buy back value.
So what does a gardener do in the winter? This year I have become a librarian in a wired kind of way. Cook books, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s books are stacked in my basement waiting their turn to be placed in a new home. What’s even better is that I get to read some amazing books and share my love of books with others.
So next time you see one of these libraries in your neighborhood stop and check it out maybe you’ll be presently surprised. Scouts honor.