The Book Thing of Baltimore
Sunday June 2, 2019
I really like The Book Thing of Baltimore. It's like a Little Free Library but with 200,000 books. It's as great as everyone says and I think there should be more of them.
Thoughts at the thing:
- Books can seem so major, so heavy, so important... but most of them are ephemeral.
- Nearly all book-reading is for entertainment.
- Many things that we own, we don't really need to own.
- Operations don't need to be complicated: The book thing doesn't track each book, doesn't cycle them or worry about staleness; you don't have to sign up to volunteer, you just show up. Their "processes" are dead simple, and it works.