I did a double take when I saw that half of Live Oak Park was going to be dug up for a new library. A LIBRARY! I thought they were either defunct or defunded in the US. But it is perfect—there are so many kids in this neighbourhood.
Andrew Carnegie built an impressive 2,509 libraries around the turn of the 20th century. Now Rick Brooks and Todd Bol are on a mission to top his total with their two-foot by two-foot Little Free Libraries.
The diminutive, birdhouse-like libraries, which Brooks and Bol began installing in Hudson and Madison, Wisconsin, in 2009, are typically made of wood and Plexiglas and are designed to hold about 20 books for community members to borrow and enjoy. Offerings include anything from Russian novels and gardening guides to French cookbooks and Dr. Seuss.
It’s hard to see here, but click on any one of the images to visit the original graphic essay about the San Francisco Public Library. I condemn to death (in my mind) people who remain in favour of cutting public funding to libraries.
Meanwhile, The San Francisco Public Library
(via The Rumpus.net)
A library that opens out into the sea by Jeremy Miranda.
Dreamy, but the books will be ruined.
No storage costs, no fines, no thefts.
A few choice titles will be retained.
Oh, god, I’m going to cry.