France has a great library service, even tiny villages often have some form of library. Admittedly the one in our commune, pop 276, is staffed by volunteers, is only open once a month and doesn’t have a huge amount of books but it’s the principle that counts.
On a visit to the Parc Riviere in Bordeaux this week we came across this:
It’s a boite a lire where you’re invited to ‘liberate’ your books and magazines and leave them for someone else to read. Or you can take one home to read for yourself. Or browse a book while lying on the grass in the sunshine of course.
There’s a whole lot more of these distributed around Bordeaux. What a wonderful, generous and uplifting idea!