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...
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!!