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Little Free Library - Beaumont - Wilshire neighborhood - Fremont Street

It's fair to say that the "LITTLEST" of things make me happy, both in concept and size. As such and because I walk to/from EVERYWHERE in the neighborhoods that I caretake in, I am still tickled to find the 'little' surprises along the way. One of them such as THIS. We're talking BOOKS after all. As a writer I also read. I read a LOT. I don't own a Kindle or fancy electronic book reader, I don't think I ever will as I still love turning the page on a book. The substantial grasp of dialogue which will transport me to another world that has been lovingly and laboriously laid upon a page for me to enjoy time and time again.

There's a LOT I love about Portland. When it involves FREE BOOKS, I love it that much more. I stumbled upon these 'little' gems last year. I have this grand plan of visiting every single one of these 'little' vessels of literary goodness, or madness, or controversy, or far off adventure....whatever your premise might be.


The premise is simple:

Take a Book. Return a Book.

In 2009, a gentleman by the name of Todd Bol in Wisconsin built this awesome replica of a tiny schoolhouse, filled it with books and shared it with his community. All of this done in honor of his mother, a former schoolteacher who loved to read. I'm not sure what's more admirable, sharing books with your community or a tribute to his mom who loved to read. The rest as they say is history.

I'm pretty sure I want something as memorable as this to be remembered by. All that aside, it caught on and others started doing the same in their own communities as a way to:

"Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle"

You can even purchase your own and place it in your OWN front yard for your community to enjoy. Alas, there are many in the Portland area to seek out. I've been very lucky to see more than a handful already during my morning mileage in the Fremont Street neighborhood.

Little Free Library - Beaumont - Wilshire neighborhood - Fremont Street

As a writer, my mind tends to wander in the form of silly ideas, scavenger hunts or romanticism. I imagine book clubs seeking out Little Free Libraries, choosing a book (of course in this case not the same one) and discussing the 'adventure' they went on to find the Little Free Library, what and why they chose the title they did and so on. Perhaps even knocking on the door of the Little Free Library steward and having a conversation/discussion about their story of how/why they put a Little Free Library in THEIR yard/neighborhood. As such, then going out as a group to return those books and contributing additional books to other Little Free Libraries in their city.

Then there's that idea of two people meeting by way of Little Free Library. Where one would leave the other clues or coordinates in the coolest of literary tactics on how/where to meet next, an invitation to coffee, lunch or dinner going to/from one Little Free Library to the next. Making sure to leave their own contributions of books in each wooden vessel. I very much believe that words bring people together.

Everyone wins!!

Thank you for allowing me to share such simple 'little' things with you.

Cheers to books. Cheers to reading.

Best wishes for an AMAZING Vernal Equinox.

Happy Spring....let's do this thing!!

Cheers, Rachel

...notes from a nomad.

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