8.04.2017

Little Free Library Bashing

Little Free Library - book depository
A while back, I wrote about Little Free Libraries here: http://annvinciguerra.blogspot.com/2015/08/sharing-reading-recycling.html. Since the original post, I have discovered seven more book depositories bringing to Bozeman total up to ten. Interestingly, half of these have been discovered since May! Revisit the original post so you can find out more about the new locations!

During the same time, I also learned that some people are opposed to Little Free Libraries. I find this hard to fathom but two articles were brought to my attention. You can find them below. Check them out and feel free to contribute to the conversation.

Little Free Library - book depository~

In my mind, some things are inherently good, libraries, reading and recycling being among them. When you put the three together, what’s there to gripe about? Apparently, there are some folks that are up in arms about exactly that.

Little Free Libraries is a group working to encourage people to place book depositories in neighborhoods. Apparently, a few communities and some librarians are bothered by this concept. I find it hard to fathom. Who would be opposed to promoting not just reading but the idea of giving used books a new home?

There are numerous reasons people complain about Little Free Libraries and neighborhood book depositories in general. Some feel the placement of certain book depositories is in violation of city code while others, including librarians, are opposed to the “highly visible form of self-gratification cleverly disguised as book aid” and find that in areas they are a treat to actual libraries. The fact that book depositories appear in more affluent communities vexes others.

You can take a look at these two articles (https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/05/the-case-against-little-free-libraries/523533/ and https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/02/little-free-library-crackdown/385531/) to get background on the controversy. I don’t want to go into it any further as I find the argument to be ridiculous.

Perhaps this is merely a sign of the era we live in. A country divided politically and ideologically, the idea of us versus them is alive. We rally against The Man, whether it be something as big as the federal government or as small as an NGO working to promote reading and sharing. We fight about everything these days and social media has provided us with the voice to air our opinions and express our dissatisfaction over differences in point of view. If some folks disapprove of Little Free Libraries, they now have a multitude of outlets to let out these thoughts and get others fired up about them.

I post these thoughts at the risk of being labeled one of those “hyper-educated, affluent, crunchy blue” types they mention in one of the articles.