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October 10, 2013 in Book porn, News & Curiosities by Emera | 4 comments
Sighted in the streets of Cambridge, MA – the “Little Free Library:”
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Maureen E on October 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm
Yay, Little Free Libraries! They’ve caused some discussion in Libraryland (too many people already associate libraries with free, eg). I do like them, though, and I’m glad they’re spreading.
Emera on October 21, 2013 at 8:37 pm
Intriguing! I saw this simply as a “let’s share [knowledge/excitement/refreshment/unreadable political texts] within our community!” thing, but I can see how it could also build up confusing connotations around “library.”
Maureen E on October 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm
I think that’s a very valid way to look at them. It’s unfortunate that they’ve been caught up in an ongoing discussion/debate about how to educate patrons and non-patrons (ie, people who don’t use the library) about the ways public libraries are funded. The actual LFL movement is great. And actually, one of the libraries I work at has been the big force in adding them to the local community, so it really depends on the particular library system and attitude, I suspect.
Emera on October 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm
“so it really depends on the particular library system and attitude”
That’s reassuring to hear; I hope they become less contentious as the dialogue is worked out. Thanks for the insider perspective, Maureen!
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