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by Lee Santiva October. 17, 2019 170 views
Always open (24x7) book lending

Always open (24x7) book lending

Almost all small towns in Germany (and I've heard in other countries as well) offer space to donate books for other people to read. The idea is that you take one book and replace it with one of your own.

A former public telephone box was repurposed to be the public book closet.

Peek inside at the books available

Peek inside at the books available

Among the titles (all in German language) are fiction like the famous "Gone with the Wind" by Margret Mitchell as well as non-fiction "Getting married takes luck" (my translation of "Heiraten ist Glückssache")

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Russell Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

It is cool seeing a larger version of this. We have 2 small ones in my neighborhood. I have not taken from either one yet but I have donated a number of books to them so I could make room for more.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

Thanks for sharing your experience, that is really great that you donated! I suppose the success lies with variety you‘ll discover something you might never thought would interest you…

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Buster Bruce 1 year, 1 month ago

Seems like a great idea-

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Lee Santiva Replied to Buster Bruce 1 year, 1 month ago

I think the availability to anyone is the best part:you don’t need a library card or to get somewhere during their opening hours, thus even the poorest have access to information

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Buster Bruce Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 1 month ago

Yes Lee- it all works when society works and believes together. Factions, different values, loss of moral base, all works against wonderful ideas such as this. Maybe Germany works together- Im afraid in most US cities vandals would destroy that little book dispensary. But today is Friday so I will take the high road. I personally love it!

1 year, 1 month ago Edited
Lee Santiva Replied to Buster Bruce 1 year, 1 month ago

I didn‘t even think of vandals! There‘s parts of Germany where that happens too, but in my little corner of the world in a rural farming community, it‘s still very wholesome, glad to hear it made your day smile

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Björn Roose 1 year, 1 month ago

As an economist I tend towards the idea that the quality of the books (and I mean what's in it) will degrade with time passing by, but I hope I'm wrong. I for one would not 'surrender' my most interesting books.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 1 month ago

Thanks for commenting! E-books as well as book sharing are ways to save the environment. I sometimes think when I see the books in the sharing spaces that perhaps someone had passed away snd rather than throwing the book away, they place it in the cabinet. There‘s many books I no longer need, I‘ll probably do the same

1 year, 1 month ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 1 month ago

Not producing a lot of total rubbish - as well in the form of electronic texts (which require electricity to read too) as in the form of books - would be saving the environment far more. 99 % of the books found in bookshops are just destined to become waste.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 1 month ago

We have these here, as well, in Washington State....

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 1 month ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 1 month ago

+1grinning+1

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