Covert Library Ops…

The notice came in from one of my strategically placed scouts on the west side of town.  There was a tempting book in the Little Free Library on the walking trail along the drainage ditch that runs behind the big church.  Despite scant details, it sounded like a promising tip, but who knew how long it would be before some other fan of historical true crime sagas might snag it.  As I planned my strategy, the knot of nerves in my stomach gradually drew tighter. 

The weather forecast was stormy, but my opportunities were few, so as I headed home from work – armed with my waterproof bibliosatchel – I made my move.   Quietly pedaling my way through the unsuspecting neighborhoods, I found the trail, overgrown with the vigorous weeds of summer.  After several twists and turns, ignoring the roar of a nearby lawnmower and concealing my intentions from the boys playing on the path, I found it.  As far as I could tell the library and the bench adjacent to it were completely unoccupied.

Casually leaning my bike up against a light pole, I gently opened the library door and peeked inside.  There it was, buried under all the usual Dan Brown and Janet Evanovich paperbacks.  A Serial Killer In Nazi Berlin – written by Harvard educated lawyer Scott Andrew Selby – tells the true story of madman Paul Ogorzow, who terrorized the women of Berlin during World War II.  Despite the depressing premise, it looked like a promising read, so I stuffed it in my bag.  In its place, I left behind a book that I hoped might lighten the mood a bit, The Days Are Gods, a memoir by a writer who moves from Los Angeles to a small town in northern Utah. 

As I made an inconspicuous getaway, I reflected on the fact that even the smallest Little Free Library contains a vast world within it, spanning time and space and transporting readers to places as different as Nazi Germany and Mormon Utah.  Open to everyone all the time – check out the many worlds inside the Little Free Libraries near you! 



Ceaselessly seeking out non-fiction writing on almost any topic, Dave can carry almost forty pounds of books in the pannier pack on his bicycle and knows all the librarians at his local public library by their first names.

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