Category: Sharing

Gear-lending ‘library’ opens door to new generation of outdoor adventurers

Read the full story in the Durango Herald.

Vanessa Saldivar was 5 when her father hiked her up the bunny slope at Mt. Hood Skibowl in Oregon. She didn’t have a fancy jacket. She used socks as mittens. Her dad gave her a nudge. And she was hooked.

“All these barriers just broke down in that moment,” said the new executive director of Get Outdoors Leadville!, which last week opened a new gear library that lends outdoor equipment to Lake County residents. “The gear library is addressing those barriers. How big of a difference would this have made in my community growing up? I could have had gloves!”

Five years after the Get Outdoors Leadville! – or GOL – coalition secured $3 million from Great Outdoors Colorado’s Generation Wild initiative, the long-planned gear cache is opening its own facility on the Colorado Mountain College campus.

The ‘Buy Nothing Project’ Began as a Social Experiment. Now It’s a Global Movement.

Read the full story at Treehugger.

If you dream of a world where neighbors share with each other and you don’t have to spend money at a store every time you need something, then your local Buy Nothing Group might be the perfect fit. This clever idea began in July 2013, when two friends, Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark, from Bainbridge Island, Washington, wanted to try something new. They liked the idea of developing a hyper-local gift economy as a way to challenge the consumerist mindset and reconnect neighbors. The Buy Nothing Project has grown rapidly since then, with 6,000 groups now in 44 countries. 

The basic idea is that anyone can ask for what they need and anyone can give it. The official rules are simple: “Post anything you’d like to give away, lend, or share amongst neighbors. Ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow. Keep it legal. No hate speech. No buying or selling, no trades or bartering, we’re strictly a gift economy.” 

Plant yourself a great home garden with the Urbana Free Library’s Seed Library

If you live in the Champaign-Urbana area and want to improve your home garden, you can borrow seeds from the Urbana Free Library’s Seed Library.

A seed library is a place where you can “check out” seeds and bring back new seeds from your harvest. You take seeds from the lending library, plant them, grow the plants, let some go to seed, and then return some of these next-generation seeds for others to borrow. They also accept store bought seeds.

For more information, including a list of currently available seeds and instructions for “returning” or donating seeds, visit the Library’s web site.

Multi-party bartering app saves time, money, and the environment

Read the full story at Shareable.

What people want and need — and what they have to offer in return — are as varied and diverse as people themselves. Connecting people across this complicated web of needs and desires is exactly the challenge have|need, a new bartering app is attempting to address — a task other bartering companies and sales platforms like Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, Nextdoor, and Craigslist have failed in the past.

That Little Free Library on your corner is at the center of a feud over a family legacy and a trademark

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Little Free Libraries are the very embodiment of neighborliness. Those handmade wooden cabinets are both receptacles for sharing and expressions of community pride, no matter what moldy tomes you stash inside them.

But a little more than a year after the death of Todd Bol, the beloved creator of Little Free Libraries, there is discord in the land of literary freecycling. Those quirky curbside bookcases are at the center of a dispute over a family legacy and a legal trademark. The Bol family — led by Todd’s younger brother, Tony — and the Little Free Library nonprofit Todd co-founded are squabbling over what words can be used to describe those nifty boxes dotting neighborhoods across the country.

5 Unexpected Items You Can Borrow At Chicago’s New Tool Library

Read the full story from WBEZ.

If you’ve ever needed a wheelbarrow, power washer or slow cooker — but didn’t want to cough up the cash — a unique new private “library” is here to help.

The volunteer-run Chicago Tool Library officially opened Aug. 11 at 1048 W 37th St. in Bridgeport.

Q&A with Anna Davies, project lead for the ShareCity project

Read the full story at Shareable.

Commenced in 2015, ShareCity is an innovative, large-scale global project exploring the growing practice of food sharing in cities. Its principal investigator is Anna Davies, Professor of Geography, Environment and Society at Trinity College Dublin. Davies’ Urban Food Sharing: Rules, tools and networks is a fascinating new book about the current food-sharing environment, available via open access.

A Call for Seeds!—Introducing the Urbana Free Seed Lending Library

Via the Urbana Free Library.

The Urbana Free Library is now accepting saved seeds from your garden to get a new collection started!  As Library staff get the Seed Lending Library on its feet, we are only accepting seed this season for “super easy” seed saver plants: tomatoes, herbs, peas, beans, peppers, and lettuces.

If you’re unfamiliar with seed lending, the basic idea is that you plant the seeds, grow the plants, let some go to seed, and then return some of these next-generation seeds for others to borrow. You can get started by checking out books on seed saving from theLibrary’s collection!

To add seeds that you have saved or purchased to the collection, bring them to the Circulation Desk on the first floor. Please fill out as much of the information on the envelope as you can, put in enough seed to grow at least five plants, and return the envelope to Circulation staff. You do not need to have a library card to donate seeds or ‘borrow’ seeds in the spring.

Our intention is to grow more local seed for the benefit of the entire community. In the spring, the Seed Lending Library will be up and running for community members to be able to take seeds and grow their own plants. If you have ideas about how you’d like to see the Seed Lending Library develop, or have any questions, please email us at with the subject “Seed Lending Library.”

Time to Dress Up: Introducing the NYPL Grow Up Work Fashion Library

Read the full story from the New York Public Library.

If you are looking to get dressed up for a job interview, wedding, audition, graduation, prom, or other formal event, the Riverside Library can help.

With our NYPL Grow Up work accessories collection, you can now borrow:

  • Neckties and bowties
  • Briefcases
  • Handbags


This App Delivers Leftover Food To The Hungry, Instead Of To The Trash

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Goodr has created a system that has diverted nearly a million pounds of food in Atlanta from landfills–and into kitchens.

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