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Open Your Own Little Free Library

Little Free Library

I know you guys like new-style street and commmunity libraries (like this one, this one, this one or this one), so I’m happy to share another library project I came across. Inspired by the Little Free Library movement, Boing Boing blogger Amy Seidenwurm decided to open her own library in public space with help from friends and relatives. ‘Little Free Library #2646′ is located on a “sad vacant lot near our house and a nursery school”, Seidenwurm explains. The Little Free Library project started out as an idea to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free  book exchanges around the world. Over the last years the project has grown into an international movement with more than 2,510 (!) community-driven libraries.

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Hebrew Teacher Teaches Student Street Smarts With Tel Aviv Graffiti Tour

Tel Aviv Graffiti Tour

Two of the best ways to understand a place is by learning the local language and checking out the street art, but it can be challenging to take the time to master both. But if you’re in Tel Aviv, Guy Sharett can take you on a tour of graffiti in Florentine, one of Tel Aviv’s hippest and most colourful neighbourhoods, and explain the plays on words in stencils, poetic texts in window fronts, and municipal signs.

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Curitiba Cable Car Transforms Into A Library Train

Library train, Curitiba

After serving as a humble train wagon, the cable car was installed in 1973 within the center of Curitiba, Brazil, in an attempt to provide entertainment in the heart of the city. It has had many after-lives ever since. First a children care unit to take care of children when their parents needed a break, the colorful wagon was transformed in a tourist information spot during the 1980s. As of 2010, the wagon was transformed into an open library train providing books for local residents.

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  • Love Letters To Toronto

    Love Lettering Project, Toronto

    For topophiliacs in Toronto, the Love Lettering Project allows people to write love notes to their beloved city. At events around the city, the group sets up a table with fancy paper, glue sticks, scissors and pens and lets people pour their hearts out. Once they penned their odes, they are given an envelope and told to go hide their letters somewhere in the city for a stranger to find.

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    Makkie: A Currency For The Community

    Makkie

    ‘Makkie’ is a new peer-to-peer economy in the Indische Buurt (Indian Quarter) in East Amsterdam that was introduced a few months ago. Neighborhood residents can earn ‘Makkies’ by doing a chore for their neighbors or local organizations. This can be anything, varying from fixing someone’s computer to volunteering at a film festival or painting a hallway. Every hour of work will earn you one Makkie. Makkies, which look like real money, can be redeemed for discounts on products at local shops, free movie tickets, fitness courses, you name it.

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  • Some Wine With Your Outdoor Library?

    Bookyard by Massimo Bartolini

    What do you get when you cram a lawn chock-full of books? A Bookyard! We love pop-up libraries, from trees to trains. Italian artist Massimo Bartolini has outfitted the gentle slopes of St. Peter’s Abbey in Ghent with 12 sweeping bookcases for the Belgian art festival Track: A Contemporary City Conversation. The installation is actually adjacent to the abbey’s vineyard (the bookcases are aligned with the rows of vines) because Bartolini believes that both good wine and books can broaden the mind.

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    Bibliotren Transforms Trains Into Virtual Libraries

    Bibliotren

    Travelers of the Catalan Government Railways (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) will have plenty to read over the coming months as the trains are turned into virtual libraries, where 40 books are displayed on posters. After scanning a book’s QR code, travelers are enabled to read the first chapter of every book.

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