park side sharing closet, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest

Public Offerings

It is delightful to see the kindness of others.  A while back I ran across a book sharing cupboard on the fence-line of a nearby garden.  Take a book, leave a book, help yourself.  Why not?  I really like how that neighbor reached out to the community.

fence-line cupboard
photo by SVSeekins
book sharing cupboard 2
photo by SVSeekins

Since then, I’ve noticed a few more public offerings.  The second book exchange was on a quiet side street.  I couldn’t help but smile at the happy paint colors.  Right on!

There was sign of graffiti past on the box, but happily that neighbor tidied that up & continued with the sharing.

park side sharing closet
photo by

And now I’ve happened upon another kiosk!  It sits beside the pathway of a quiet city park.  This one says “take what you need, Leave what you can”.  Lots of folk travel the path – and plenty exercise dogs in the big open meadow.  I’m so curious to know whether there is a turnover of goods or not.  I’ll have to make sure I walk that way again in a couple of weeks to see.  I have my fingers crossed that the parks department won’t remove it.

© copyright 2012 SVSeekins

P.S.  check these other street libraries out:

7 thoughts on “Public Offerings”

  1. Neat idea, but I can see that it would need constant manitenance, if the owner did not become discouraged and kept it looking good and orderly it would be nice to see more of those kinds of things. I really like the book exchange one.

    1. Yes, I think it’s pretty groovy too. 🙂 I’ve now heard from Judy and Amy about a couple more book exchanges around town…. Will post photos when I find them

  2. Great ideas! And thanks again for joining us the other night, great night. Look forward to seeing your new house in future.

    Happy New Year,


    Sent from my iPad


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