What’s a beach vacation without a good book?
If you happen to be on the Cape without something to read, don’t worry. There are plenty of handmade library kiosks where you can take a book for free. The official Little Free Library concept kicked off in 2009 when Wisconsin residents Todd Bol and Rick Brooks expanded Bol’s original miniature wooden schoolhouse filled with books, built in honor of his mother, into a nonprofit organization with more than 50,000 Little Free Libraries across the U.S. and 70 countries.
Their mission is to encourage a love of reading, support communities and stimulate creativity via the free exchange of millions of books every year. The book kiosks at Yarmouth’s Bass River and Sea Gull beaches, for example, were donated by Healy Brothers Construction, painted by art students from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and initially stocked with books given by Yarmouth Library volunteers.
So if you’ve finished that bestseller and need a new book, stop by any one of a dozen charming Little Free Libraries located from Falmouth to Truro (there are plenty of unofficial “take a book leave a book” kiosks, too) and help yourself. But don’t forget to leave a gently used one behind for the next avid reader! —Lisa Cavanaugh