Little Free Library movement comes to Monaco
A global movement to get people reading has been brought to Monaco in the form of a less-than-square-metre white box.
The box, which is clearly decorated with love, is home to more than two dozen books and boasts the simple message: "Take a book now. Return a book later."
It is part of the international Little Free Library movement that started in Wisconsin, United States, in 2009 and which has spread across the globe. The mission of the little boxes, as listed on the movement's website, is that although each library is unique, "all share the theme of exchanging good books and bringing people together".
Monaco's original Little Free Library was a simple cardboard box created by Monaco Peninsula resident Debra Jane.
It endured mist, rain and sand for over a year before being replaced by a colourful, weather-tight and permanent installation.
As well as sheltering the books, which are there to be swapped, the box is Debra's canvas, with drawings, messages and dedications on it.
"This little free library belongs to the community. It requires people to embrace the global organisation's idea of 'Take a book now. Return a book later' and so far, so good," she said.
Jane said she hoped the book exchange encouraged others to read more often, to try genres they normally would not choose and to share views on what they had read and books they enjoyed.
"Everyone I've met through this Little Free Library has been extremely positive and inspiring. Installing it has been one of the best things I've ever done."
She said she believed literacy lead to knowledge, which lead to understanding, which lead to peace.
"Give peace a chance."
There are a number of other registered Little Free Libraries around New Zealand, as well as in Australia, Ghana and Afghanistan, and a number of other countries. It costs to register a Little Free Library with the movement's website and that goes towards building libraries in communities in need.