#100WW — Take One, Leave One

4A5DFF10-BE88-4A99-8005-DFA4B8BE2C5AThe public library decided to put bookshelves at several strategic spots around town. The idea was to promote reading by having a “take a book, leave a book” concept. Citizens were encouraged to take a book for free, but to replace it with another book that they had already read. That way, there would be an endless supply of books for the locals to read.

“It seemed like a good idea at the time,” one member of the library committee said. Unfortunatley, within a few weeks, the bookshelves were empty. Apparently “take a book” worked better than “leave a book.”

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt.

9 thoughts on “#100WW — Take One, Leave One

  1. theceaselessreaderwrites September 12, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    What a shame! Around here, we have Book Boxes. People post them in their front yards and put books in them they want to share. Random strangers come by and take a book or books and usually leave one or more in return. I’ve never seen one that’s empty.

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  2. pensitivity101 September 12, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Old telephone kiosks here act as libraries for the homeless. They are forever brimming with books.

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  3. Michael September 12, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    There’s always that potential isn’t there….I think its such a good idea.

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  4. James September 13, 2018 / 4:58 am

    Slice of life: My three-year-old granddaughter was just waking up from her nap when I got home from work yesterday. Our backyard faces the parking lot of an elementary school, and every Wednesday afternoon, the public library’s bookmobile parks there for several hours.

    My granddaughter loves books and loves the bookmobile, so we all walked over so she could pick out a number of books including Dr. Seuss’s “Fox in Socks” (what a tongue-twister). We had a great time.

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    • Fandango September 13, 2018 / 9:33 am

      I remember bookmobiles. Like your granddaughter, I loved when the bookmobile rolled into the neighborhood.


  5. leigha66 September 20, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    There are “little libraries” all over town for the same plan…I see people at them exchanging books every so often.

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    • Fandango September 20, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      As long as they’re exchanging books and not just taking them, it should work.

      Liked by 1 person

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