Monday, July 9, 2012
The littlest library...
Busy watching my feet while traversing a tricky patch of old, cobble stone sidewalk on Dante Street, I was slow to see this small, wooden cabinet rear up till I was almost upon it. Surrounded by ivy, this Little Free Library urged me to "take a book and return a book" and when my eyes ran over some cherished Edward Eager titles, I was tempted to accept the offer.
Standing there in the sweltering sun staring at the small, simple hutch, it came to me why I struggle with the digital revolution, especially when it comes to books. I already recognized I would miss the musty smell and the feel of the pages between my fingertips. But what I realized is that with Kindles and Nooks, we may be able to store thousands of works for oh-so-much convenience to those who could afford such devices, but we will no longer be able to share them...and wouldn't that be a pity? The words would no longer be free.
Written by Kim Ranjbar