As it happened, I had to wait to take this photo because a patron was standing in front of the main, well, only section.
I have thought about putting one up ... I have a bunch of extra books ... and it can't be that tough to cobble together one of these beauties. But, it would need to be weatherproof to protect the books ... and I think it deserves some nice landscaping like the one pictured. After all, people do judge a book by its cover!
But, what if someone stopped! Geez, that would be cool. And what if they took one. Cooler. And, holy smokes, what if they returned it! Way cool! (As you can tell I am easily amused).
I may just give it a go. The crazy thing is that I have noticed when I loan a book to a friend or family member ... I don't usually get them back, nor do I normally get them back. I always thought that was not intentional theft, just a complacency that settles in when we know we see each other frequently, so "we'll get that book back some time."
But, I think there is some kind of dynamic going on here with these little roadside libraries that that stokes the responsibility button in us all. I bet few entries walk away permanently.
I can't help but see the parallel between my fascination with spreading ideas and entertainment through modern day social media and doing much the same through this very low-tech, inefficient channel. Maybe this was social media platform of the 19th century making a comeback. John Naisbitt (1982) was right when he wrote every high tech surge brings about a human need for a balance between technology and human interaction, well, kinda human interaction!
Naisbitt, J. (1982). Megatrends. New York: Grand Central Publishing.