I’ve been putting some intentional effort to get out and go for a short walk once or twice a week around my neighborhood. A lot of my time is spent writing or on the computer and I just don’t get enough movement and exercise in my day. I went for about a 40 minute walk just a little bit ago. It’s a lovely, sunny, autumn day here in the mountains.
It’s a nice way to develop a deeper connection to one’s neighborhood by going for walks around them. I like to take different routes and go down streets I never had before. Some particular things I enjoyed seeing on my walk today were: a long legged dog rolling around enthusiastically on its back in the dirt, an older man operating what appeared to be a home-made remote control lawn mower, a parade of yellow leaves floating down a nearby stream, and a tree trunk that was twisted around itself.
Last weekend, while walking two kiddos I was doing childcare for to a local park, we went past a house that had a small free library in a nice little window doored box on a post in their front yard (pictured above). It’s a simple concept that I phrase as: Wanna book? Take a book! Gotta book? Leave a book! Turns out that you can go to http://littlefreelibrary.org/ and learn all about these free libraries and even find out where there are ones in your community around the U.S.
Well, I was so drawn to this idea that I decided to make my own! You can buy a kit on the website above or simply make it a do-it-yourself project. So I went to our local home re-use center and found a $5 brown metal cabinet. After some light sanding, primer, and paint I was ready to go! I searched through my bookshelf for books to donate to kick it off and even threw in some DVD’s (I came up with 13 books, 9 dvd’s, and 3 kids books). And around 9:00am this morning I set it up out front of our house on the curb and now it’s open for business! My good friend Jennifer helped me to come up with names and my favorite was one of her suggestions: Books in the Hood :)