Bored Panda works better on our iPhone app
Continue in app Continue in browser
BoredPanda Add Post

The Bored Panda iOS app is live! Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here.

I Created A Mini-Library For My Neighbours To Promote Reading And Make Friends
199points
User submission
2.7K
24.2K
People6 years ago

I Created A Mini-Library For My Neighbours To Promote Reading And Make Friends

It was the beginning of 2015 and I had been living in my apartment for a year and a half. I live in a 10-floor building, with 40 apartments and I didn’t get to meet more than 4 or 5 of my neighbours. I decided that I had to do something about it, so I started the neighbours’ library.

I took 40 books from my own library and put them on the mail boxes. I put a sign saying “The neighbours’ library – take a book and leave another in exchange”. Also, I made a list of the books I was only willing to lend. Those were books that I I didn’t want to lose, but I was OK with lending them.

My neighbours liked the idea very much and some of them also donated books. Other people started to make their own neighbours’ libraries in other parts of Cluj-Napoca and even in other cities in Romania. Thanks to Bookface, our campaign that promotes reading, we also made free little libraries in a park. It is a simple idea and everybody can start a similar library!

More info: Facebook

Living in a 40-apartment building, I barely knew my neighbours, so I started the neighbours’ library

I took 40 books from my own library, one for each apartment, and put them on the mail boxes

I also put a sign saying “The neighbours’ library – take a book and leave another in exchange”

I offered books that I liked because I believe that the books we read tell more about us than the clothes we wear or the cars we drive

My neighbours liked the idea very much and some of them also donated books

Other people started to make their own neighbours’ libraries in other parts of Cluj-Napoca and even in other cities in Romania

We are so used to borrowing a cup of sugar from our neighbours, why not borrow some books instead?

24Kviews

Share on Facebook
You May Like
Popular on Bored Panda
Join the conversation
MariusJan
Community Member
6 years ago

We have simmilar thing in Vilnius, Lithuania. There are little houses on poles with books in them around the city. They're called "A little library". Everyone can take or leave a book there, not only neighbours.

RoseanneJames
Community Member
6 years ago

Absolutely brilliant idea...! I'm a book addict & a tendency to be reclusive so I can certainly empathise with this. I don't mind losing books that are fiction or that are biographical but my other rather 'out there' books (spiritual, angels, conspiracy, UFO's & aliens lol) I put my name in as I don't want to lose them...! I LOVE a good book far more than the TV which I've given up watching. /-/////-///-// (that's my library :)

IonelaCraciun
Community Member
6 years ago

Oare de ce nu am si eu asa un vecin?! Este o idee excelenta. Fii vecinul meu:)))

Community Member
6 years ago

:)) Poți să fii tu Vecina vecinilor tăi :)

Load More Replies...
Load More Comments
MariusJan
Community Member
6 years ago

We have simmilar thing in Vilnius, Lithuania. There are little houses on poles with books in them around the city. They're called "A little library". Everyone can take or leave a book there, not only neighbours.

RoseanneJames
Community Member
6 years ago

Absolutely brilliant idea...! I'm a book addict & a tendency to be reclusive so I can certainly empathise with this. I don't mind losing books that are fiction or that are biographical but my other rather 'out there' books (spiritual, angels, conspiracy, UFO's & aliens lol) I put my name in as I don't want to lose them...! I LOVE a good book far more than the TV which I've given up watching. /-/////-///-// (that's my library :)

IonelaCraciun
Community Member
6 years ago

Oare de ce nu am si eu asa un vecin?! Este o idee excelenta. Fii vecinul meu:)))

Community Member
6 years ago

:)) Poți să fii tu Vecina vecinilor tăi :)

Load More Replies...
Load More Comments
Popular on Bored Panda
Popular on Bored Panda
User Submissions
Also on Bored Panda
Also on Bored Panda