The Other People's Books Library


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Imagine

Imagine a cafe wall filled from floor to ceiling with thousands of English books, magazines, DVDs and VHS tapes. Imagine sitting across from that wall in a comfortable chair with a hot cup of coffee, browsing through a topical magazine, or letting your cup of tea cool while you and your child read a cherished book from your childhood.

Lend with a Personal Touch

When you open that book, you see a label something like this:

All of the materials in the Other People's Books library are on loan from someone in your community and this label helps connect you to that person. Maybe you already know them, or will in the future, and can thank them for their valuable contribution, or to talk to them about your thoughts on this and similar books/videos, perhaps leading to discovering similar titles. All of the information on this label (name, hometown, and current town/neighborhood) are optional, though strongly recommended as a benefit to the community.

Borrow

Lifetime library membership is free after giving, on loan, one or more English language books, DVDs or VHS tapes. The only limit to how many items to check out or when to return them is your conscience.

Inspire

The inspiration for this library comes in part from an English expat living in Crete managing the most wonderful hostel. In just four years since he founded this library, people in the area donated 4000 English books and 1000+ DVDs, extending the library space twice in that time (and they had to stop taking in more donations until they can get more space). I expect to see similar results with the Hometown Soul Cafe library.

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