NOTE: Anchorage Good News reporter is traveling outside of Alaska
Despite the incredible power of visual media, reading is fostered by sharing community members who build small cupboards for books. Not only in Anchorage but in communities like Post Falls, a city in northern Idaho. The glass faced boxes, made to see the selection of books, are made by individuals and filled with the books they want to freely share. Just like the one pictured in Idaho, that was built by the owners of the home it stands in front of. One of the good things about this is, you don’t have to get a library card and no late fees. Look around you, there maybe a free library near you. The only request that the owners have is to have respect for the property, and leave a book when you take one, so the book cupboard doesn’t become bare. Also, sharing books means sharing the cost of stocking the library.
So, the next time you go see Star the Reindeer, bring a book you want to share and see if there is a book that you are interested in reading.
Anchorage photo taken by FP Canha