There is much to like and even admire about this little roadside attraction, from the idea itself down to the workmanship in carrying it out.
I came across it on a ride on Sunday afternoon, Oregon’s 157th birthday, on a dead-end leg of Grandview Drive in North Albany.
The idea of the “Itty-Bitty Book Exchange” is simple: “Take a book. Leave a book.” Easy to grasp; easy to do. The selection Sunday was necessarily skimpy but nevertheless eclectic, ranging from a pseudo-Tom Clancy item to a Sidney Sheldon potboiler and “The Study of Plant Communities,” which sounds like a sleeping aid for insomniacs.
The books are housed in a little … well, house on a study post, complete with wood shingles. Handsomely done.
Neighborhood lending libraries like this, even on this tiny a scale, are not all that unusual any more. May they proliferate and do their part, small as it may be, in keeping alive the tradition and joy of reading printed books. (hh)