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(4,033 posts)
Sat Apr 20, 2013, 02:00 PM Apr 2013

Free library Kiosks

I read this article two days ago. Heidelberg is a community of about 1200 people. There are three standing libraries within a 5 and a 10 minute drive from the town. The township has however installed a kiosk at one of their parks that allows people to borrow a book and return it at their discretion.

I love this idea, especially for the summer when there will be a diversity of people at the parks, including kids who can continue reading during their school break.

Anything that gets to people to read is a great idea in my book (pun intended).


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Free library Kiosks (Original Post) mrmpa Apr 2013 OP
great idea Liberal_in_LA Apr 2013 #1
You can do this with an e-reader & wi-fi now. yewberry Apr 2013 #2
You have, no doubt, heard of the Little Free Library movement? Lifelong Protester Apr 2013 #3
Yes it is indeed............eom mrmpa Apr 2013 #4
We have several Little Free Library installations MineralMan Apr 2013 #5
I love the whole 'free-cycle' idea Lifelong Protester Apr 2013 #6
Fewer than I used to have. MineralMan Apr 2013 #7


(6,530 posts)
2. You can do this with an e-reader & wi-fi now.
Sat Apr 20, 2013, 02:32 PM
Apr 2013

Our city & county libraries where I live have electronic materials. If you can get wi-fi, you can download materials. They stay on the reader for 2 weeks, and then disappear... no late fees, ever!

Lifelong Protester

(8,421 posts)
3. You have, no doubt, heard of the Little Free Library movement?
Sat Apr 20, 2013, 03:24 PM
Apr 2013

It started here in Wisconsin with the idea of spreading these small libraries all over. The goal was to supersede Andrew Carnegie's 2500+ libraries donated. I think they are at triple that now.

It's a cool idea, you can drop off books for others, pick up a book for yourself-it is totally honor system. We are putting 4 up in our small town; there is one already in Stockholm, WI. (next town up the river, population 66). If you want to use their name and logo there is a $34.95 sponsor fee.

Commit to recycle and commit to literacy! Any town or group can do it.

Cool, huh?


(146,538 posts)
5. We have several Little Free Library installations
Sat Apr 20, 2013, 03:34 PM
Apr 2013

in St. Paul. I stopped by one last week in a neighborhood I pass through and put several books in it. I don't need any books right now, but I'll stop by and get one when I do.

They're popping up in neighborhoods all over the city, mostly put up by people in front of their own homes.

Lifelong Protester

(8,421 posts)
6. I love the whole 'free-cycle' idea
Sat Apr 20, 2013, 05:59 PM
Apr 2013

don't you? I have a lot of books to share, and this is a great way to do that!


(146,538 posts)
7. Fewer than I used to have.
Sat Apr 20, 2013, 07:58 PM
Apr 2013

When I moved from CA to Mn, i thinned out my library. But I still have plenty, and love the idea of take one, leave one. It just works.

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