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Neighbourhood Book Lending Box


Last night I went for a bike ride with my family. On the way home we spotted something hanging on a fence. At first glance it looked like an over-sized birdhouse but upon closer inspection it turned out to be a neighbourhood book exchange. A sign hanging from the colourful box said, “Blackwood Book Exchange. Leave a book, take a book”.

There were probably 20 – 30 books neatly stacked with a variety of genres including some self-help books, fiction, a handful of romance novels and a couple of classics. My daughter wondered why there weren’t any children’s books available to borrow and asked if we could set up our own book lending box in our front yard.

Do you have something like this in your neighbourhood? If yes, what’s the best book you’ve borrowed? Send us a picture of your local book lending box. Would you consider setting up book lending box? I love this idea and will soon be making another visit to the Blackwood Book Exchange.

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Julie O

2 Responses to “Neighbourhood Book Lending Box”

  1. What a delightful idea!

  2. Our little bookie, a converted 1930s camping trailer, sells paperbacks at 25 cents, hardbacks at 50 cents, and all the income goes to the school. You put the money in a knothole in the door frame, and it falls into a locked box below. When you have books you no longer want, or there are leftovers from an estate sale, into the bookie they go. Once in a while someone takes the time to straighten the place up but it is otherwise untended. Taking books without paying, or assuming you can exchange books without leaving money, happens, but if you get caught you get chewed out.

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