Indianapolis launches literacy-promoting "Big Free Libraries"


Chris writes, "Indianapolis has just launched a great new series of art installations intended to promote both art and literacy."

"The Public Collection will act as a sort of artistic big version of the "Little Free Libraries" that have been popping up lately -- offering hundreds of books to the general public, including homeless and hospital patients, absolutely free."

The grand opening ceremony was held at the site of yet another art installation, called “Monument”—a huge assembly of bright green Greek-style columns with their own rotating bookshelves built in, and a Mark Twain quote overhead. There were a series of speakers, including the project’s coordinators, architects, and even Mayor Ballard. They explained that the project had been inspired by a similar project in New York (it’s not clear whether this was another art installation, or just all the Little Free Libraries going around), and they wanted to demonstrate that art was for everyone while at the same time doing something about the imbalance in terms of the availability of books to the community.

The Public Collection: Indianapolis’s own ‘Big Free Libraries’ [Chris Meadows/Teleread]

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  1. The grand opening ceremony was held at the site of yet another art installation, called “Monument”—a huge assembly of bright green Greek-style columns with their own rotating bookshelves built in, and a Mark Twain quote overhead.

    Sound great, but why not also include quotes from Vonnegut, their local boy who made good?

    He had so MANY great ones; it was hard to choose!

    https://www.google.com/search?q=kurt+vonnegut+quotes&espv=2&biw=1024&bih=667&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIn6-kvPnLxwIVhlaSCh2_Zwa5#imgrc=KswPy-cIykAJTM%3A

  2. NO! It's an island of blue in a red state.

  3. These big little free libraries are OK, but I'm thinking we should make some really big, like, take a little free library, and make it so big you can actually walk inside of it. But still make it free! That would be great.

  4. As a Kentuckian, I get kinda sick of people who act like every single fucking person who spends more than a week in a "red" state magically turns into a hooting, queer-bashing redneck. Not least because some of you actually seem to believe it.

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