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Book Protection

Redigerat: feb 23, 2022, 2:51 pm

Every time I look inside the exchange boxes at public parks in my city and in places my family visits for healthcare, they are now either empty or holding damaged books that look as if they had encountered wet ground.

The boxes themselves look as if they've taken hits, with one missing its door, and the others showing signs of recent repairs.

My first thought was vandalism. Community tensions are heightened, and the political majority support the state politicians who are trying to make sharing some books illegal. That can make a difference in attitudes toward the boxes, perhaps.

In further thought, the older boxes might not have held up well against the storms that blast through without public note.

I'm not sure it matters to me as a random user. At this point, what I'm thinking about are general techniques for ensuring books I drop off stay clean and available to readers. My family is clearing out books we've outgrown but would not want trashed. Some of the books might interest the public library (the one in a traditional building) for its collection. I assume others would be better homed through the boxes.

My ideas are below.

1. Identify who takes on the responsibility of regular maintenance, if anyone does. Reach out if possible to try to keep informed of problems involving the boxes.

2. Bring cleaning supplies to clear debris inside of the boxes when dropping off books. (I'm increasingly finding food trash and dirt on the inside of ours, and the molding books I'd prefer not to handle with bare skin.)

3. Anticipate visitor activity. Figure out when potential readers are likely to look at the boxes to try dropping off the books immediately before.

4. Watch the weather. Wait to drop off books if any storms are incoming.


feb 23, 2022, 1:11 pm

I drop off books in front of some houses( boxes that look as if the house owner takes care of them) and one big protected book shelf on the outskirts of a park.

feb 23, 2022, 2:46 pm

>2 torontoc: The Little Free Library website mentions that boxes in private residential properties are better tended, but I only know of one in my city. The owner keeps it packed full of books that don't interest my family, so it's not good place for an exchange.

jun 3, 1:34 pm

I accidentally dropped some books from an overfull LFL I visited the other day in the mud below, I felt so bad. I've been tempted to see about putting flagstones or something under it on the ground below, but the LFL itself is part of someone's house and it currently faces a playground so I'm not sure if it would be... something anyone would really want me to do, I guess. I'm too nervous to talk to the owner of the LFL in question directly but maybe I could type up a note and tape it to their door or something to tell them about the potential mud issue.