Visiting SE PDX Little Free Libraries

Another in an occasional series of Little Free Libraries in LFL 1432.jpgSoutheast Portland.

I went a different route home from work recently, and was treated to this. I’ve been meaning to visit this Little Free Library for a while, but hadn’t made the opportunity before. LFL #1432 is based at Busy Bee Preschool, at 7618 SE Duke Street.

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There wasn’t much of anything in the library today. I wonder what kind of traffic it usually has. I was in some sort of publicly-available wifi dead zone – I tried a couple of times to open the Little Locator app to mark it, but never was able to get in. Maybe I can plan a day to go this route again, and take some books for it.

SE PDX LFLs

Part of an occasional series – Little Free Libraries in SE Portland!

Today’s SE PDX LFL is #73051 at 4299 SE Evergreen. It’s across the street from Lewis IMG_8845.jpgElementary School – which has its own LFL!  While today’s LFL has an official Little Free Library plaque and registration number, as of today I could not find it on the LFL map. I don’t know if this library is new and the stewards haven’t put it on the map yet or if it’s been there forever and the current homeowners don’t really have anything to do with it, and it’s maintained by sheer momentum. The latter seems unlikely as this library was in great shape when I saw it. Anyone know the story on this library?

Argh – I just realized I totally forgot to look through the LFL at Lewis Elementary when I was out there! Maybe next time…

Snowmageddon!

For the second time this year, Portland is experiencing SNOWMAGEDDON!

Do not fear – Division92 Little Free Library has you covered!  Go for a short walk, enjoy the snow, catch some flakes on your tongue, make a snowball or two, look for wildlife tracks – and stop by to find a new-to-you book. Get home, build yourself a little nest, make a lovely warm beverage of your choice, and snuggle in for the rest of the snow storm!

Sorry to be posting this a bit late in the day, but folks! That snow ain’t going anywhere! It’s only gotten heavier since daybreak! I’ll be putting more books out shortly!

Visiting SE PDX Little Free Libraries

Another in an occasional series of Little Free Libraries in Southeast Portland.

IMG_8723.jpgToday’s LFL is one I’ve visited a handful of times now, but only just recently remembered to take pictures of. And of course, the sun was directly behind the LFL, so the photos aren’t great, but dadgumit, I remembered to take photos this time!

LFL #36705 is at 7814 SE Grant St, right behind Portland Community College’s South36705.jpgeast Campus. I was signing up for a non-credit class and it occurred to me to walk over and snap a picture. I also left a couple of books and took a copy of Pearl S. Buck’s The Good Earth. I also spotted three large hardbacks from the Harry Potter series. I love that the folks who manage the LFL also have a small water bowl at the bottom of the post, for critters who come by. Though even at noon, there was a bit of ice on the surface. Woo, winter weather!

Visiting SE PDX Little Free Libraries

Another Southeast Portland Little Free Library!  Stopped by as 17969.jpgwe were spreading some books around. I got a couple of boxes of donations all at once, and I’m trying to not have them take over my house. I love the colors on this one!  It’s right on the corner of Yamhill and 92nd, and near an elementary school. On this visit, there were a bunch of what looked like college textbooks, along with some nifty novels, some children’s books, and a copy of a really nice guidebook from the Louvre. I only left two books as this library was already pretty full. I pass this one at least weekly while doing errands, but I never remember to stop by. I’m glad the Little Library Locator reminded me it was here!

Visiting Other SE PDX Libraries

IMG_8340.jpgI went a little different route than usual after work recently and used the Little Library Locator app to see if anything was near. I found #7288 – which is listed on the locator app and the Official LFL Map as being on Cesar Chavez (39th), but is actually just around the corner on Kelly. This one was packed!  Among other titles, I saw “The Poems of Dr. Zhivago” (I really need to see that movie sometime!), an old Reader’s Digest gigantic book about gardening, “Do Bananas Chew Gum?”, and “Snow Falling on Cedars”. It’s got some diversity in there!

Visiting Other SE PDX Libraries

This Little Free Library, #26048, is in right off SE Woodstock,IMG_8334.jpg in the low 40s. It’s right near Otto’s Sausage Kitchen & Meat Market and Laughing Planet. Another lovely little neighborhood with access to some great neighborhood businesses.  The LFL definitely matches the house, and they painted song lyrics on the garage door. Neat!IMG_8335.jpg

 

 

 

I made sure to note it in the Little Library Locator. Hey, did you notice that the Little Library Locator’s background changed right after Halloween? It’s kind of a nice touch.

Visiting Seattle LFLs

I stayed in Seattle for the weekend recently. I didn’t get to see many Little Free Libraries – I was too busy going to Archie McPhee’s Rubber Chicken Museum and picking up little boxes of art from the sole Art-O-Mat host in the entirety of the state of Washington – but I did get to see one. Maybe two. I’m unclear.

Between errands and visiting, I didn’t really have any time until the very end of my trip. With an hour to kill before boarding my train, I used the Little Library Locator app to see what was nearby. I found one, LFL #11041, inside an Irish-style pub, O’Donnell’s.

The hostess told me they try to keep the library stocked with books on Irish history and travel and such. I highly suspect that they do not lend out anything but the books. play.jpg

I’m not as sure about the other, LFL #17872. Either it’s part of this Seattle Parks “Play” project, or it no longer exists. The project brings a ton of toys and a couple of racks of books to city parks to share with anyone who wants. All of the books I saw had stickers marking them as from this city initiative, so I’m not sure if they’re for giving away or if you have to read them on the premises. I left a couple of children’s books on the rack anyway, just because.

Hoping to see some more Little Free Libraries next trip!

Visiting Other SE PDX Libraries

I was out for a bike ride and came across this little library on IMG_8325.jpgSE 92nd and Duke. This library gets a lot of traffic. It’s on an intersection, it’s right near the I-205 Multi-Use Path, and it’s along a well-used route for walking to both a super-frequent bus and to an elementary school. I’ve passed this LFL before and seen it anywhere from pretty much empty to half-way full. Today it was PACKED with books. 95% of them were Romance novels, so take what you will from that. I also spotted a drawing/creativity journal, a couple of books about different populations in the US, and a Harry Potter-related book about Albus Dumbledore.

This library doesn’t seem to be an official Little Free Library – at least, doesn’t have a registration number on the library, and I couldn’t find it on the official LFL map. That’s okay. It’s still a little library! It seems to be cared for and used.