Little Free Libraries, like WPA markers, almost always catch my eye. If I can’t stop, then I make it a point to return and get pictures, straighten up books, and leave a few books. I have the app on my phone, but am finding that many do not pop up there, but they certainly exist.
Sadly, not all are well tended and many are empty. The torquoise and yellow library sits in front of a junior high school. When I recently stopped by the door was hanging open because the door knob was broken and the latch was gone. It was a mess, so I straightened up the dusty books. Obviously, it has not been tended although it was mostly full. I added a few things and pulled out some childrens books because I was out of them to leave in other libraries. I’m contacting LFL to see if it has a steward and what can be done. It is on a busy street with pedestrians aplenty and if it had a sign would no doubt be frequently patronized.
I had driven by this one several times before I noticed it; just to offer an excuse, I had my mind on the meeting I was going to in a nearby building. The building behind it, like several in this area, is empty and it appears this library is abandoned even though it does have a plaque on it. One panes of glass is broken out and the other one looks like it will soon fall out.
The last time I passed by it was empty. It is not on a well-traveled street and faces the frontage road of a major freeway. I suspect that when the building and others around it were occupied that it was well used.
This poor library is downtown by the Magik Childrens Theater. It was placed by a Girl Scout troop and constructed by a local high school’s CTE (Career and Technical Education) students. Such a cute design using a wooden barrel, but it is in an inner city setting and appears to have no one to tend it. Perhaps one of the many residents downtown will see it and give it some TLC.
This poor thing is in a small park that has few amenities, but is still popular with groups because there is a very large mowed field that lends itself to softball games and other sports. There were a few tattered books in it, but judging from the weathered paint I felt sure it had not been tended in a long time. I was surprised because the LFL in the park near my house is always well stocked and patronized, so I wasn’t sure why this one wasn’t also being utilized. Perhaps a sign would attract users?
These Little Free Libraries really need someone to befriend them and bring them back to life. Hmmm. Just like a lot of old buildings that just need someone to recognize their significance and value to our communities!