Say what you will about the current state of American society, we’ve still got some small pockets of democratic beauty around our country. Take for example the phenomenon of little lending libraries, those small birdhouse-like installations people put in their front yards and fill with books for their neighbors to borrow. And people actually take books, then read them, and then return them, and sometimes even add to the collection. No money exchanged whatsoever. Many of the libraries themselves are even little works of art, from robots to funky houses to a mini-Tardis. Tonight author Margret Aldrich shares their stories—btw, there are now over 20,000 of them in seventy countries—in her new book The Little Free Library Book at Magers & Quinn. 7 PM. Free. —Tracy Oxford

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