Monday, April 22, 2013

Not Your Normal Tour Guide.. Part Three

Having survived the horse incident, I kept on walking down the street.  The house I was to check on turned out to be a disappointment... total rehab!  I like a challenge but not one long distance as we are still living in Chicago.  Undeterred, I continued on my journey enjoying  my leisurely pace, taking in all the sights.

Such as the lush window boxes gracing every home.  I didn't realize it, but Charlestonians are very proud of their window boxes with some residents hiring "chi-chi" designers to do their magic, creating window boxes overflowing with flowers in every color and texture. This year, the Horticultural Society has instituted their inaugural Window Box Contest.  The pressure is on, people!!

Walking past Battery Park, one is never surprised to see a young woman having pre-wedding photos taken under the overhanging branches of centuries old Live Oak trees.

 Those long, ambling branches create a lovely frame for the bride. 

Charleston is second to Las Vegas for wedding destinations.  However, this city is no "second banana", as the many different historic venues offer the bride and groom a wedding experience of a lifetime.

Still walking, I am now immersed deep within historic Charleston on a side street filled with simpler houses of many different colors and hues.  And this particular street had something so cool I can't wait to share this with you!
Do you see it?   That house on a post?  Definitely not a bird house... certainly not a mailbox.  Curiosity drew me in as I crossed the street to take a closer look.
I had never seen anything like this before!  A crafted wooden house,  complete with a glass door, unlocked, and filled with books! The handpainted sign hanging underneath said.... 
                           Little Free Library
                               Take a book....
                                   Leave a book...
                                       or both

Me, being a lover of books, felt like I had died and gone to heaven!

Someone had labored over this darling little house, filled it with books, and offered them to anyone wanting to come by and take one!  My mind whirled with thoughts of how could I replicate that!  And wouldn't that be fabulous to fill it with children's books?  Couldn't you see little ones reaching up, opening the door, perusing what is in there..perhaps plopping down on the grass turning page after page, too anxious to wait until he or she could get home to read?  I was in love with this whole idea!

It wasn't until a few seconds later, did I spy this plaque on the roof.  I made note and briskly walked back to my hotel, anxious to get online to find out more.  And did I ever!  Little Free Library was started in 2009 with the intent of reaching a goal to have 2,501 libraries built and in place.  At this moment, they have far surpassed their expectations with an estimate of 5,000 to 6,000 of them all over the world!!  I know you have questions running through your head so I am going to direct you to here... their "frequently asked questions" page.  

That night I rapidly finished reading a book I had brought along on my trip.  My plan was in place!  When morning came, I quickly dressed and headed back to the location of this Little Free Library. I so wanted to contribute.. to be part of this.  As I reached for the knob of the glass door, the "doubting Thomas" in me thought that I would see the same books, still in their same place.  NO!  I was amazed to see new books had been added to take the place of old.  And these were not outdated books, either.  Some were recent bestsellers.  Obviously, the community had embraced this project!  I proudly slipped my book into place, gently closed the door, and proceeded down the street, ready for breakfast.  What a fabulous experience!!


  1. I love this and the sense of community it brings to a neighborhood. Charleston is a place we want to look at for retirement - these posts inspire me :-)

  2. Wonderful photos of such a magical place named Charleston. I have walked these streets and Battery Park. The trees truly are magnificent. We have some of the little free libraries right her in our little town also. Such a simple yet generous idea to share books with others. Your post is inviting me to once again visit Charleston. Blessings...

  3. This is such a wonderful place. The Little Free Library is so amazing. Wish they had one where I live. I will check their website out and I thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi Kadee,
    What a wonderful and amazing program. I love this and the whole idea of the Little Free Library. The website is very informative.
    Your pics are beautiful and certainly a place on my list to visit.
    Thank you for sharing the tour. It has been enjoyable and you are the perfect tour guide.

    Have a great week.
    Hugs, CM

  5. I really need to go to Charleston. This place is enchanting and a great destination. So much beauty and history. Your photos have given me a a wonderful tour.

  6. Too wonderful for words! I love Charleston, they seem to always get it right!

  7. LOVE that book box! What a perfect idea! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  8. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh - but do they have Elvis officiating at their weddings, or a drive-thru chapel? I didn't think so...but they win HUGE on the little library in a box! FABULOUS!!!!!

  9. Oh thank you for telling me about the Little Free Library -- what an awesome thing!!

  10. Gorgeous photos! I love that Little Free Library! How clever!

  11. Love that idea so so much ! And the little house is so cute ! I don't have that so nice little house box, but I do the same her in France (I'm leaving in PARIS) I have a bus stop just near my house, and I put books there for those who want them. Last time I had some teddy bears and I put them too. so cute to see the bus stop like that, and that people who will enjoy to find something for free !
    I'm so pleased to be your newest follower (LE CHEMIN DU BONHEUR)


  12. Thanks for commenting on my blog, because it gave me a chance to discover yours. I love the photography and thoughtful posts. I also love this darling little house and the little Free Library. What an absolutely charming and completely practical idea.

  13. I love this idea and only discovered it for myself a couple of months ago. I've been wondering if a Little Free Library would work where I live... Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm glad I found you, too!