Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Library Finds

I love my urban Seattle neighborhood, with its predominance of single-family residences, its convenient shopping venues and friendly independent bookstore, its proliferation of “Black Lives Matter” placards and—even now—Biden-Harris campaign signs. Since the pandemic began a year ago, I have done a great deal of walking around this area, escaping my office for both fresh air and exercise—outings made even more pleasant lately by my wife’s gift of a portable CD player (currently loaded with The Best of Bread).

During my rambles, I pass more than a handful of Little Free Libraries. Most of these post-topping book exchanges are filled with well-thumbed editions of novels by folks such as Kristin Hannah, Tom Clancy, Jodi Picoult, and Nicholas Sparks, or else with jigsaw puzzles. Recently, however, I peeked inside one such box to find ... two Raymond Chandler yarns. On a different day, I discovered copies in another box of works by Dashiell Hammett, Robert Crais, and Michael Gilbert. Evidently, I’m not the only local crime-fiction lover.

I’ve thought of packing along some advance reader copies, or else finished copies, of newer crime, mystery, and thriller novels as I take my daily perambulations, and slipping them into boxes I already know favor this genre. But what’s the etiquette here? Would those contributions be unwelcome? Not being familiar with how Little Free Libraries operate, I’d be grateful for any advice.


Elizabeth Foxwell said...

Yes, it's designed as a book exchange (I often leave ARCs at the ones near my neighborhood).

Jerry House said...

Go for it. However I would include a slip of paper reminding whoever that a brief Amazon review would help publicize the book and promote the writer -- especially if the book is a good read. And, of course, thanking the reader for giving the book a try.