For Mother’s Day 2019, my husband built a Little Free Library for me and set it up across the street. (If you aren’t familiar with Little Free Libraries, they are free book exchanges.)
Yesterday, my husband and I were in the living room when a car pulled up across the street. A young couple got out and went to the Little Free Library. They spent a looooooong time there.
I should back up and say that my Little Free Library has a romance novel problem. A group of locals uses my library as their exchange place — and those fat well-worn romance novels take up too much space. I limit the romance novels to one half of one shelf which means that I must regularly remove some just so I have room for other books.
Back to the couple at the library — I really wasn’t staring at them the whole time, but would occasionally check to see if they were still there.
I saw her take a romance novel. I whispered a little thank you.
He took books off the shelf, leafed through them, and put them back.
Finally he selected a book — a history of the Boston Red Sox that had been there a while..
The two walked to their car and I thought they were done, but then I saw them walking back with different books in their hands.
She marched over and placed a new romance novel in the right spot. I sighed.
He paused between the car and library. He held his book out and looking at it. I watched him pull it close to his chest in a tender embrace, then lift it to his lips and kiss the cover before placing it in the library.
(As I was telling Mary this story, she said, “Ewww…… COVID.” Yes, I suppose, but there’s hand-sanitizer in the library and I can wipe down his book.)
At this point, I imagine you are as intrigued as I was. What was the book?
I do know the answer.
But I’m not going to tell you.
Instead, I’ll leave you with the question I’ve been thinking about for days — what book would I kiss before giving it away to an unknown person? What book would you?
7 thoughts on “The Little Free Library”
Several books by Kate Dicamillo, but especially her latest series Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana’s Way Home and Beverly.
I’ll have to look those up!
I’m so intrigued!
So was I 🙂
The Wingfeather Saga and, more recently, Deacon King Kong.
If I felt that strongly, I would keep it.
Don’t fight the romance novels. You can’t win.
Hi, what a great story. 🙂 I just started an free book exchange in our road. That’s why I enjoy such stories. It would be great to hear more about it.
Books which are good enough to kiss are …… difficult to find. I think I would choose Can I Bring My Pony Too by by Rosemary Esmonde Peterswald. It was a gift to me from a special person. It is a story about a girl migrating to Tassi, and it reminds me a bit of my own story.
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