Sunday, May 03, 2009

Friends, Yellowknifers, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Books

I have a challenge for you. Wait, come back! It's not another reading challenge, I promise.

This week, your mission, should you dare to accept, is to post about places around your town where people can leave a book and take a book. Then, come back here, and leave a link to your post in the comment section below.

I'm going to declare Yellowknife the World Capital of Book Trading Posts. Here's just a few of the many such places around this wonderful city:

1. This one's somewhat small, but it has the advantage of not taking up as much space. It's in an employee lounge so I'm not at liberty to divulge where:

2. Also in an employee's lounge, this one is a bit bigger. It's also a little more organized:

3. This is a personal favourite. It's at the local Co-Op Store and available to the customers (in a small seating area, complete with free coffee, juice, and cookies) as soon as you enter. It's big and has a varied selection (including a picture book section off to the side). I almost always return with a book or two:

These Book Trading Posts are a wonderful idea. Free books, recycling, easy to set up and maintain- what's not to love?*

If you don't know of any near you, why not consider setting one up in your place of work?

*Just avoid Lars Ulrich's memoirs, he'll demand compensation.


Allison said...

I do not know if one exists in this town...but I will certainly look into it. What an inspired idea!

gypsysmom said...

Winnipeg BookCrossers have set up an Official BookCrossing Zone (OBCZ)at the Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street. There's always lots of books of diverse genres from romance to mystery to nonfiction to children's books. And since we meet there once a month the shelf is constantly being replenished.

Other than that I don't know of many that are open to the public. The lunchroom and the library where I work have a few books for people to take but but there are behind security access doors.

Megan said...

I'm in.

claire said...

I do not know of any such place around here, but I'll try. Oh and btw, I've read 10 total for the challenge this month. I've listed the 3 titles for April in the comments section. Thanks! I hope to finish this month.

Mongoose said...

I'm not going to blog about it, but in Hay River there is one at the library, along the left side of the front desk when you come in. A lot of it is mindless novels, but some times there is something more literary, which then ends up at my house. I usually bring them back when I'm done reading them, though.

Jena said...

I've always wanted to start an OBCZ, but I've never figured out what the perfect spot in this town would be. But you know, now that I think of it, maybe I can start one at the town ferry terminal. Let me figure out who I'd talk to about that...

My MIL's apt complex (Kiwanis) has take/leave bookshelves on every floor, right outside the elevator; she's always raiding and replacing her reading materials. In fact, that reminds me--she asked me to pick up some books for her next time I find myself at a thrift store or garage sale.

Remi said...

I'm sure there are a lot of places in Toronto. I just don't know of any. Other than the laundry room of my apartment building, that is. It has a shelf of mostly forgettable pop fiction and some out of date computer manuals. It looks more like a collection of books people left behind when they moved out or something.

I like the idea, though, and may have to do some investigating.

John Mutford said...

Allison: You could always set one up...

Gypsysmom: I've set a few BookCrossed books on the Co-Op bookshelf.

The first two pics I've shown aren't open to the public, but staffs. It's still a great idea for employees to share with one another.

Megan: So for anyone visiting Yellowknife, can I send them to your house for a book?

Claire: You can do eeet.

Mongoose: I'm not denying what's on a the shelves shown here is 90% crap either, but I have gotten some great ones. Besides, I'm sure 90% of the population likes the 90%.

Jane: I'm not knocking BookCrossing because I think they do a great thing (I'm even a member), but I do think they tend to overly formalize things. You could just set up a bookshelf somewhere and not go through the trouble of affiliating it with BookCrossing. But, of course, I'm not saying you shouldn't connect it either.

Remi: In my apartment building laundry room in Rankin Inlet, we had a similar deal but the books weren't half bad. You should stick a few good ones out there and see if you can't get the ball rolling. Chuck out the Idiot's Guide to WordPerfect 5.0.

Megan said...

Yep. Anyone who wants to borrow One-Tank Trips: 52 Fun-Filled Florida Adventures should stop by.

Unknown said...

In Cape Dorset the GN building has books on shelves in the main lobby, in Iqaluit there is a book lending rack at the local library, one in the staff room at the hospital, one of the hotels in Igloolik has three bulging shelves of take one leave one books. Every nurse's residence I have been in has an overabundance of books left behind by staff and available for taking or leaving. In Sanikiluaq at the NAC adult learning building there is one.

Matthew & Michele said...

I'm late responding to the challenge but here it is.

It is the bookshelves located at the GN offices in Cape Dorset. The same ones refered to by Indigo.