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Outside the box

Little Free Library owners can be zealous stewards – but not everyone finds membership rewarding


WHEN MEGAN WILLIAMS decided to install a Little Free Library in front of her house in 2014, her reasons were more pragmatic than whimsical. During the process of selling her family home, Williams realized she needed to find a space for her mother’s “huge and wonderful” book collection. So, in front of her house in Toronto’s Junction Triangle, she placed a handsome Little Free Library: a worn-wood dwelling decorated with Williams’s ornate hand-painted touches, depicting a man and woman with noses buried in folk tales and non-fiction, respectively. “I just liked the idea of community connection and the serendipity of it all,” said Williams, who teaches at Sheridan College and the Toronto School of Art. “I didn’t mind the risk of it not working, if all the books went and none came back. I really appreciated the fun involved in seeing who would stop.”

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