Monday, March 17, 2014

Mailbox Monday: Neighborhood Book Gleaning

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

I have a couple of great books heading my way (including Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones), but the only books that came into my house last week are those I gleaned when out enjoying the gorgeous early spring weather.

Little Free Libraries have sprouted up in my neighborhood like daffodils.  There are at least three within six blocks of my house.  Most of them look like little peaked-roof houses with two shelves, like this one:

But my favorite pre-dates the brand name Little Free Libraries.  It is just an old, oversized black mailbox with BOOKS stenciled on the side.  I have great luck with this one.

I've taken to keeping a bag of finished books handy and grab one when I head out for a walk, so I always have a contribution ready for the first LFL I pass by.

The books I found last week are:

The Butcher's Boy by Thomas Perry (an Edgar winner)

No Uncertain Terms: More Writing from the Popular "On Language" Column in The New York Times Magazine by William Safire

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman


  1. I put a LFL in the park in our neighborhood and people aren't using it like I'd hoped they would. I'm glad to see there are so many readers near you.

  2. Gilion, I have been walking in my "old" neighborhood with friends and noticed these wonderful miniature libraries as well as the Poetry Posts. What a great way for we Portlanders to share. No wonder we are such an amazing reading city!

    I hope to introduce these little joy creators to my neighborhood soon. Thank you for sharing this with your followers!

  3. I love this idea - I wished they had them in NY. My building tried one down in our laundry room but then management claimed it was getting unruly so they eliminated it. I am always looking for a home for books as I finish them!


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