The Big ‘Little Library’

I cannot rightly express my surprise while walking along Campus Avenue close to cross-street Monroe on Oct. 5, 2021. In the distance, a decorated utility box beckoned attention. The things are all about University Heights, but all others are plain grey. Shape and overall size were right for what I expected to find, but something else waited: A “LittleFreeLibrary”.

The Featured Image gives some perspective of dimensions set against the Ford Super Duty truck for comparison. Vitals, aperture manually set for all: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/800 sec, 28mm; 12:59 p.m. PDT.

How about a look inside? Vitals: f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/1600 sec, 1:01 p.m. I expected to find some, or even all, the books to be water damaged. The previous night, thunderstorms roared through San Diego County, bringing 524 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, according to the National Weather Service. The dirt below the box’s doors is from rapid rain splash. But amazingly, the interior remained dry.

The final photo presents the view as I first approached the LittleFreeLibrary—but captured two days later; like the others with Leica Q2. Vitals: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec, 28mm; 11:56 a.m.