In the past few years, countless Little Free Libraries have been sprouting up around the Twin Cities. I’ve noticed more and more of them in my neighborhood, where I can’t seem to walk, run, or bike anywhere without stopping to browse through at least three of them. They sit proudly in front of businesses, places of worship, and homes. And I think they’re brilliant.
I’ve seen people from all walks of life visit the libraries in my neighborhood, and it makes me smile to see that books are reaching people in a new and stress-free way.
I recently heard of a floating library in Minneapolis, which has been frequenting Cedar Lake this summer. Book-lovers canoe, kayak, or paddle board out to browse through and borrow books.
Speaking of floating libraries, Norway has an impressive one of its own that has been operating since 1959, Epos. This boat transports books to some of Norway’s most remote islands, reaching about 150 small communities on each 64-day trip.
The increasingly popular bicycle library has also been making news lately, with services run by both private citizens and public libraries throughout the U.S., from Omaha to Seattle to Chicago to Portland, which has a book-bike program that caters to people who live outside.
In terms of mobile libraries, many people in rural and inner-city locations, who don’t readily have access to a public library, have relied on buses and other forms of transit to bring books.
Did I miss any? What’s your favorite kind of alternative library? Share it with us!
— Eliza Leahy
Associate Editor, Capstone Fiction