Thursday Doors – January 18, 2018

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Little Free Libraries in the Snow

While visiting my Mom not long after a recent snow storm I came across something I hadn’t noticed before in my old east-end Montréal neighbourhood: Little Free Libraries.

Luckily I had my camera with me and decided to take advantage of the lovely winter conditions to take a few shots of the two that I found within walking distance of my mom’s place.

For anyone who’s not familiar with these, this free book sharing service that started in Wisconsin in 2009 has grown to the point where you’ll find thousands of them all over the globe.

Basically someone builds one of these little boxes that looks like a house with a see-though door and installs it on a post in a visible public location. They fill it with books they don’t need anymore or think others would enjoy reading. Others come and borrow the books to read and sometimes exchange them with ones they’d like to share with others as well.

The other key part of the concept is that they are meant to be used in poorer areas or for folks where access to public libraries is limited. Ironically many of the ones I’ve come across up till now are in middle to higher income neighbourhoods, where they are needed the least.

Regardless of where they end up being installed, as a person who values the written word it always leaves me with a warm fuzzy feeling whenever I see one of these. But even more so now that I know there are a few in a place where they’ll hopefully do some good.

This second one was a few streets over and a few blocks further south.

We’ve had a bitterly cold winter up to now but it was a reasonably mild day for once so I walked around a bit and got a few other shots of the ole hood blanketed in fresh snow.

You can see the Olympic Stadium’s inclined tower off in the distance in this shot.

Look Dan, a crane!

For those who don’t get much winter weather I thought it might be fun to look at some snow covered streets in quieter areas outside of the downtown core.

Here’s a weathered delivery entrance to a currently empty retail space. It used to be our local mom’n pop hardware store. I decided to throw this one in at the last minute as a bonus door 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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96 Responses to Thursday Doors – January 18, 2018

  1. reocochran says:

    Norm, I enjoyed seeing the colorful decorations on the free library boxes.
    📔 📚 📕
    I worry about children in so many ways, but especially during winter months. Stuck inside, more fighting on all levels, between kids and between parents. Also, I worry about unsafe sources of heat.
    The free library boxes are so nice to see! I hope someone will close the last library box which may cause dampness in the box and books.

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  2. prior.. says:

    those little libraries are fun… and they pop in the snow
    also- the bonus door was interesting – those mom and pop shops of yesteryear are so opposite of the amazon deliveries we get these days

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  3. RuthsArc says:

    These little libraries are such a good idea. We have them here in Australia too.

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  4. Tara says:

    I love those little libraries. I’ve not seen one in the wild here, though. I think I can check a website and see where one might be. But as of yet, I’ve not stumbled upon one in my travels.

    You all drive on snow covered roads? Hearty stock, you Canadians. That would shut Philadelphia down. Wimps.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Tara. I know a lot of folks put up their own versions and don’t bother registering them. It seems there’s a cost involved in having it registered and listed by the official LFL organization.

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  5. Jennie says:

    I have heard of these. Clever and resourceful idea. They are typically charming, just like the one you feature.

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  6. That’s such a cool idea. I never heard of those. I have been giving away some books that I have read to the Kidney Foundation. We had an inch of snow here this week. It’s melting now.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Passing our old books on for others to enjoy works for me regardless of the format, so good on you 😀
      We had another foot of snow two days after I took these shots. Probably another 2 months of this before we turn the corner to warmer temps.

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  7. Great idea for doors, Norm! I’m in the process of having my hubby build me one, so badly needed in our neighborhood (I’m a block from a school). I can’t even find one to donate book to!

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  8. How cute to see them in the snow! And still full of books. I hope someone still comes by to pick one or two out. I did a Thursday Doors post about a LFL too a while back: https://klallendoerfer.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/thursday-doors-on-friday-little-free-library/

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Karen. Yes I remembered your post. They do look different in the snow don’t they?
      You’ll be happy to know that someone had just taken a book from the first one as I arrived to photograph it 🙂

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    This is just the sweetest Little Free Library. The ones that I see are more utilitarian, less decorated. I wonder if I stuck a few stickers on them if anyone would mind? 😉

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  10. I love those Little Free Libraries too. I’ve spotted two in my walking route and regularly exchange books there. Right now I’ve been purging my children’s books using the two Little Free Libraries. It gives me joy to see the books I’ve placed in them no longer there the following week. The gift of reading rolls on. 🙂

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  11. No snow here so I enjoyed your winter shots. I love the box for books to borrow!!

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  12. tgeriatrix says:

    It is a wonderful idea! We have similar bookshelves in Germany.

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  13. What a wonderful custom! I’ve never seen or heard of this type of service until your post. I love it. Kudos to you for braving the cold to take photos of these gems.

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  14. I love those wee libraries, Norm, great idea. We’ve had some freezing weather here the past few days and lots of snow but nothing like you have there. Stay warm.

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  15. jesh stg says:

    The ones you captured are cute! Haven’t seen the free libraries in the Netherlands yet (because one needs a permit to put anything on the road -unless one does it in one’s front yard.)
    Good you brought it up that they’re more in the well-to-do neighborhoods. Can imagine for several reasons, to buy a book even second hand one needs a little money. Also, timewise, the poor need 2-3 jobs to make ends meet. Maybe also caused by a not a high level of interest in imaginary subjects? .

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  16. I love the free libraries – and the public ones too! We have a few of this lovely boxes in our area. I have yet to take advantage of them, but that’s mostly because I pass them while out on my walk.

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  17. I have seen these “free library” in a number of places but those you have captured are quite lovely. (Suzanne)

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  18. Amy says:

    I love these little free libraries. One was put into the neighborhood where I last lived in Florida. Its installation was in a public park though, so hopefully many people found it useful. The ones you’ve captured look vibrant in all that snow!

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  19. analogphotobug says:

    We have a bunch of these in my town too. Some are even sponsored by the real Library. I’ve thought of documenting them, but have photographed them all yet.

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  20. I love little free libraries. I’m mostly from Wisconsin and it does my heart good to see them all over the world. It was good to get back to Thursday Doors. I haven’t been on a doorscursion in ages and I have a lot of catching up to do in checking out all the wonderful photographs. Thanks for hosting this challenge.

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  21. Sherry Felix says:

    Love the book box doors. I’ve heard about those great idea.

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  22. JT Twissel says:

    Reasonably mild still looks pretty cold!

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  23. willowdot21 says:

    I love this idea and your photos are brilliant! ❤

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  24. dweezer19 says:

    You know I love these book share boxes Norm. Unfortunately I feel they would be less successful overall in many ‘needier’ neighborhoods. The ones we had in Florida were at least in public free arboretum and historical parks that anyone could access. Most of the books were current popular issues so that was nice too. Great doors!

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  25. tinahomeblog says:

    The Little Free Library concept is really a good idea. I love your pictures. There is something magic about winter.

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  26. We have free little libraries in my town, but none as cute as these.

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  27. So glad you shot the little free library doors and shared them. It’s a great service to communities, but also looks terrific in the snow!

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  28. Candy says:

    Thanks for spreading the word – uh pictures – about these little gems

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  29. The free library is such a great idea. But I always wondered what if someone didn’t shut the door behind them. That seems to have happened in the last photo. Pretty messy if snow gets in, I guess.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Yes, it looks like the last person didn’t take the time to straighten out the books and close the door properly. In this case it was too cold for the snow to melt and damage the books and I did straighten up and close the door before I left 🙂

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  30. Carrie Rubin says:

    I love the Little Free Library concept. How cool that you featured it this week. Great pics!

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  31. Lynn says:

    The first time I came across one of these little libraries was in New York City. I love the concept!

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  32. Timelesslady says:

    I wish I could find one of these in NJ. I recycle my old/used/new books at the local library sales or donate them to the Vietnam Veterans. This would give me another option. Thanks for offering this fun challenge of Thursday Doors. It’s my first time participating.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I think it’s terrific that you’re helping your old books find some new readers.
      Thanks for joining in this week and welcome 😀
      FYI I commented on your post but I think it is waiting for your approval to be published.
      Cheers 🙂

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  33. Jackie says:

    This is our first winter north in 5 years! And we were in Montreal for the first week of January when it was bitterly cold!!
    I must look through my pics for some of these libraries!

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  34. Joanne Sisco says:

    I too love these little libraries. I haven’t seen a lot of them in Toronto, but maybe it’s a question of where I live. Some people really put a lot of thought and effort into decorating them.
    It looks cold and snowy in your world …. just like here :/
    Stay warm!

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  35. joey says:

    Nicely done! I am also a fan of the free lil libraries 🙂

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  36. DailyMusings says:

    Free Libraries are great- we have a few in town, and there is one on the boardwalk at the beach we frequent, came in handy last year when my husband forgot his book! We returned the favor next time by adding a few of our own

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  37. Yes Norm, we have these in our neighborhood too. They are like a “revolving door” in the old folks areas! We have so many books to share (get rid of), so the little libraries are never empty or with the same books for long! Good way to read stuff you’d never thought you’d be interested in!

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  38. Corina says:

    One of these days I want to have one of these at my house. However, would have to save some money to have someone make one. The plans are horribly expensive, too. Then it costs money to have then listed in the directory. My biggest issue would be getting the owner’s permission. I own the house but rent the lot. One day though, I will do it.

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  39. Dan Antion says:

    The little free libraries are a great concept. Thanks for sharing these, Norm. I like the idea and I like the craftsmanship that people put into making them attractive and seemingly weatherproof. Thanks for the street views, too. It’s good to know we’re not alone.

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  40. Well, Norm, you gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling with these special little doors. I have always loved the idea of these little libraries, and the variations of how they decorate them makes me smile. 🙂 Snow removal on interstates versus side streets is always quite different. Happy Thursday.

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  41. Sartenada says:

    Excellent post and gorgeous pics.

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  42. scooj says:

    A great doors post, love the concept of books being made available like this. I know that there are a few libraries like this in the UK, but not many.

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  43. Pistachios says:

    I have a little free library on my street, just a block away! I’ve always wanted to bring a book to exchange, but I’m so attached to my books, I can’t decide which one I want to part with…
    Still, it makes me happy to see these free libraries around the place. Makes me equally happy to see all the snow in your photos 😀

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  44. Great. I always get the warm feeling when I see one of these too (even though in Italy I have yet to discover one). Imagine children growing up and never getting this warmth.

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