Posted on: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
It seems like everything is pop-up lately, from pop-up tacos at Fixed to pop-up yoga pants at Lululemon’s temporary store. The whole town’s gone Whac-A-Mole. Tomorrow, the People to People Library is joining the fun with the inaugural Royal St. John’s READgetta in Bannerman Park. (The pun gives them literary cred, right?) It’s not a race–it’s a chance for people and books to come together for some reading al fresco.
This is the People to People Library’s second event since the organization started in May. The project began when Daniel Miller and a few friends were looking for books that the public library didn’t carry and at the same time, they realized they had a bunch of great books gathering dust on their own shelves. They created the People to People Library to bring resources to readers. The catalogue is online, through LibraryThing. It has standard activist reads, like Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and some lesser known titles, like Teach Yourself Visually Knitting by Sharon Turner. The list also includes works of general interest. (Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs*, anyone?) At the People to People Library, Miller says, they “definitely do encourage the sharing of books that fall in the broad category of ‘books that help us understand ourselves, communities and world and make all of the above happier, healthier, more just, more free.’”
The online catalogue is a great tool, but Miller says it quickly became clear that in order for the project to work, people would have to meet face-to-face. The People to People Library is supposed to be more than a kijiji for books. Miller explains that the project is twofold: It’s “people sharing books with people and, at the end of the day, that can mean we’re doing more than just sharing books, we’re creating community and sharing ideas.” This happens when people are all together in one place. With luck–or rather, with hard work and enthusiasm–the People to People Library can fill the void left by no library downtown. If you’re trying to fill a library-shaped hole in your heart, pop by the park tomorrow.