The written word remains


I have been meaning to show my local book exchange for some time, especially after seeing the same concept on Visual St. Paul and Naples and Hartford in Season, or you may remember the Book Box in Grunewald. The Villa Libris is near my home and there's rarely a time that I've walked by and seen it empty. Sometimes there's a queue of three or four people waiting to get in! 

The book exchange is run by the local neighborhood association and was in danger of shutting down just last summer, but now it seems to be here to stay. The motto on the side of the booth reads verba volant, scripta manent, which translates to "the spoken word flies, the written word remains". A fitting motto. For more signs, visit Signs, Signs.

26 comments:

  1. In this case it has the look of a phone booth. There's one in my area I should photograph- when I have less of a backlog of photos!

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  2. Thanks for the shout out! I love these little book boxes and find them useful in recycling my own books, too. Such a grand way to share books.

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  3. There seem to be quite a few Little Libraries popping up here now. I've been recycling a lot of books!

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  4. Love the idea of those ... Haven't seen one yet, I keep looking.

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  5. I agree with William, Hal, this one does look like a phone booth! :)

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  6. I saw in our local newspaper that even our public library is opening little libraries here - books to take, no obligation. Bravo! Anything to get - and keep - people reading (and thinking).

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  7. It's a great idea, I love the concept.

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  8. Love this post, the idea of book boxes, and the fitting motto!

    Janis
    GDP

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  9. This is a cool concept. Pretty creative too.

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  10. That is quite a bit bigger than the small boxes I've seen. Very nice.

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  11. I see many small libraries around town where you can take and leave books. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  12. I see many small libraries around town where you can take and leave books. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  13. My written comment did not remain as you deleted it . Was something wrong about it? Strange and not polite. I was born here and know my town.as you may know your home town as I suppose that this is not the place where you were born.

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  14. Lucky you to have this so close!

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  15. The only 'little libraries' I've seen have the look of modified birdhouses - I like that this one looks like a modified phone booth!

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  16. This is an interesting concept, I like the idea!

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  17. Fantastic book exchange. I love the concept of little libraries that are springing up all over the country now.

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  18. I have a friend who has a weather proof box in her front yard filled with books for anyone to take and read. They must either exchange or bring back the book, but it is all on the honor system and seems to work just fine. There is quite a turnover in the books available there. This is a great idea. Glad to see this movement spreading.

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  19. Such a great idea! Love it.

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  20. I love these places, and you are lucky to have one at hand. The Latin motto is more about verbal agreements and contracts than books...

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  21. This is a very "official" version of a free library. I'm glad the neighborhood supported it and kept it open.

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  22. Such a wonderful idea that has caught on world-wide!!

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