I’ve wanted a sidewalk library forever. After seeing a shiny red recycled newspaper box in front of a home a few blocks away, I knew I’d found my ideal book repository. I went to Etsy and found a guy in PA who makes them, and ordered a large, bright blue version.
Click here to visit his Etsy Page
It arrived right when we were being told to shut down, hole up, and stop touching everything and everybody. I didn’t want anyone to contract a potentially terminal illness from coming in contact with a library or a book, so the box sat empty on our screened porch for 4 months.
Last month I decided it was safe to give the library a try. John installed it at the edge of the sidewalk; and I filled it and included a bottle of hand sanitizer. Books regularly disappear and the new ones that take their place range from run-of-the-mill mysteries and romance novels to In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality and Hypocrisy, and a recent addition, What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. It’s a hoot to swap books with such an eclectic bunch of bookworms. If you know where we live, please visit the Collins Library.