Library box: The alternate book club
How to give away and receive books through a book box program
While e-books are gaining in popularity over the past decade, Americans are still bigger fans of print books. In fact, between 2011 to 2021, a survey completed by Pew Research Center confirmed that approximately 65% of adults read a print book annually.
On average, Americans read roughly 14 books from 2021 to 2022, and the typical (median) American read five books for the same period. And that doesn’t mean these are all new books to the readers either. The Reading Agency, in partnership with Specsavers, confirmed that more than one in three readers (35%) found happiness in re-reading books (including audiobooks), rising to 41% among young people (18-24).
And for readers who want to increase their “happiness” and start a local library, book-sharing boxes are fairly simple to organize and available even when libraries and bookstores aren’t. (It may be the only hope of reading banned books in places like Llano County, Texas, where government leaders are thinking of closing down entire libraries solely to avoid books they deem controversial. Read: They’re books about slavery, the LGBTQ+ community and/or minority groups.)
Still, with all the arguing about books, there are more than 100K book-sharing boxes around the nation already. Here’s how to initiate and set up this eye-catching box in a yard to create a cheap way to shop for books, recycle books and trade books.