The Writing Nook at the Warner household, central Minnesota, January 2021.
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Book Giveaway Box Transformed Into a Writing Nook

In June 2016, my husband and I finally put up our book giveaway box. It was supposed to be a Little Free Library, but that’s a branded thing and you have to register your box in order to use the name. I never registered our box and I’m glad we didn’t.

Quite a few Little Free Libraries have popped up in our community. Not too long ago, someone also put up a larger box that is a food pantry.

I recently decided I wanted to do something different with our book giveaway box. I’m not sure how the notion came to me, but I wanted to use it to encourage writing. So, I’ve turned it into a Writing Nook.

The Writing Nook at the Warner household, central Minnesota, January 2021.
The Writing Nook at the Warner household, central Minnesota, January 2021.

Inside, I have stocked the Writing Nook box with blank notebooks of different sizes, packs of index cards, and books about writing.

 

Inside the Writing Nook at the Warner household, central Minnesota, January 2021.
Inside the Writing Nook at the Warner household, central Minnesota, January 2021.

Because this is a slightly different concept from the normal book giveaway boxes, I wrote some instructions for the Writing Nook. People may donate unused notebooks, journals, or books on writing to the box and/or they may take up to 2 notebooks and 1 writing book.

 

Writing Nook instructions, Warner household, central Minnesota, January 2021.
Writing Nook instructions, Warner household, central Minnesota, January 2021.

I decided not to mess around with writing implements like pens and pencils. Pens will freeze in winter and giving people something to write with is sure to encourage them to write on the box itself.

We’ll see how this goes, but I’m kind of excited tingling with excitement to have an excuse to buy blank notebooks. I’ll never use all the ones I’m tempted to buy. (You should see the stack I still have in the house for my own use.)

Have you noticed any creative uses for giveaway boxes like this in your town or neighborhood?

Comments welcome! Let me know what you think.