Do you have Little Free Libraries in your area? If not, you have at least probably seen one online as these street side book hubs are becoming more and more popular. The concept is simple — you can take a book or leave a book. Never have I come across a Little Free Library that was completely emptied. Close to depleted — yes, but always with a few books on display. In graduate school, we often ask fundamental questions such as “are humans universally good or bad?” Let the fullness of Little Free Libraries stand as evidence that humans cannot on a whole be bad creatures 😉
I’m a fan of the Little Free Library. I get particularly excited when I find books in a foreign language that I am studying. With Amazon shipping restrictions, these books can be otherwise hard (or just super expensive) to acquire. I have also taken the time to give away books (more here).
If you follow my blog, you may remember that I recently published a book, “Year of the Blog: How to Achieve Your Life’s Purpose in 5 Steps and 365 Blog Posts” (¡¡price temporarily discounted FYI!!) These past few weeks, I have been trying to connect readers to my book. I had a particularly positive interaction with a woman I met who has recently begun to pursue spirituality. She was interested in “Year of the Blog” for its strong focus on self-reflection. When I offered her my book for free she eagerly accepted and handed me a small card in a kind act of reciprocity. Written on the card were the words “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo,” which is a Buddhist mantra describing a strong conviction within ourselves to overcome any suffering in our lives. What a kind (and totally unexpected) gesture!
In the spirit of giving, I have decided to undertake a Little Free Library adventure. Traveling around Boston and the surrounding areas, I gave away a few of my books for free by placing them in Little Free Libraries. In each book, I have also written a little message to the reader to make their Free Little Library finds a little extra special.
Here are two pics from the libraries that I visited, maybe you will stumble upon one of these books yourself 🙂 :
P.S. Get “Year of the Blog” in paperback for only $4.99 and the e-book for $2.99 for a limited time only.