In an age of cynicism, when everything seems so ironic, there are some who choose not to be. In the Northwest, and cities across the country and even in countries like Ghana and China, in the past year some 2,100 simple, little gestures of goodwill have been built: Little Free Libraries. It looks like a birdhouse on a post, usually in front of somebody's house. There are about a dozen in the Puget Sound area, with more on the way
She and the kids did it up right, painting ours lilac to match the color of our Victorian house. The library makes a striking contrast with the verdant green that blankets our block in the spring. But idyllic as that sounds, when the marketeers, wagons in tow, stop to fiddle with the latch and peer inside, all I feel is dread.