Including our great (let’s be honest) Ballard branch of the Seattle Public Library, there are 46 libraries in our neighborhood! If you’ve seen little (often wood) boxes standing on poles along a residential street somewhere containing books, they are referred to as “Little Free Libraries”: a worldwide movement which started in Hudson, Wisconsin. As of Fall 2016, 50,000 of these little book depositories/lending libraries have sprouted up across the globe.
So how does it work? Some kind individual or organization wants to spread the joy of reading books and increase literacy. So they either buy a pre-made box from the Little Free Library organization that originated the idea, or build one themselves. Books range greatly in subject matter, but the goal is to provide a varied selection of literature for the community. You can take a book, trade, or donate your own books. There is no need to bring back the book you borrowed, but if you have a few to share to keep the book exchange stocked for other neighbors, that’s great.
There are some fantastic structures in Ballard. They range from straightforward and practical, to colorful and whimsical! If you’re interested in finding out where a little free library is near you, or go on your own fun tour to see many of them, here’s a great map. Click on the book icons on the map to see what some of the boxes look like.
If you’d like to get involved or receive a $20 rebate for starting a new one, check out this page at Sustainable Ballard’s site. Or read more on Little Free Library’s FAQs page.
Tonight, it’s time to turn off the tube and have some fun playing some board games with your neighbors. From 6 – 8pm, the Ballard Library will host a game night for all ages, so the whole family can join in on the fun.
Board games will include Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America and more. You are welcome bring your favorite board game to share!
Make sure you fill out your ballot for today’s primary election! Ballots must be post marked by today in order to be considered or you can drop it off at any of the drop boxes around Seattle. If you’re in Ballard you can drop it off at the box outside the Ballard Library. You have until 8:00 pm to get your vote in!
This will be the first step in deciding who our Mayor will be for the next four years as only the top two vote getters will move on to the general election. For all your information on this election please visit the King County website.