When a public-library department in Lengthy Island Metropolis, Queens, misplaced its lease and closed final winter, Frank Wu took motion. The 35-year-old software program firm salesman and father put in a “little library” in close by Court docket Sq. Park—a small, glass-fronted cupboard mounted in a planter festooned with ivy. Now, all day lengthy, residents and workplace employees cease by to donate books and assist themselves to free reads. “It wasn’t that a lot work,” says Mr. Wu.
Greater than half of New York’s Metropolis’s 216 public-library branches stay closed for the reason that begin of the pandemic, with the remaining open just for retrieving holds—no looking allowed!
However residents can nonetheless browse and borrow books across the clock from dozens of unbiased, makeshift little libraries maintained by book-crazed volunteers in all 5 boroughs. The quantity has grown from a handful in 2015 to greater than 130 in the present day, together with 40 prior to now 12 months.
Mr. Wu says the Court docket Sq. library displays his neighborhood’s predilection for middlebrow nonfiction: assume Malcolm Gladwell, Gretchen Rubin and Michael Pollan. However donations embody every little thing from romance novels to a 1989 financial reference information to Bulgaria.