Glass Full/Glass Empty

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“Lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most,” observed Holden Caulfield in “The Catcher in the Rye.” And we think J.D. Salinger’s archetypal teen-angst protagonist could very well have been commenting on Little Free Libraries (that is, if the 1951 novel didn’t predate them by about 60 years). Not only did we find the Little Library at the end of Second Street East chockablock with worthy selections – from John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany” to Peter Hedges’ “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” to Michael Cunningham’s “The Hours” – but there was also the classic deep-red paperback version of “Rye” itself. Plenty of options to interest you most, where you’ve never been interested before.

“People are always ruining things for you.” That’s another Holden Caulfield quote for this week’s Little Free Libraries-themed installment of Glass Full/Empty. And that’s because Sonoma resident Norma Baxter reported the “first act of vandalism” to her Little Library at the corner of Melody Court. Norma says that last Tuesday, Nov. 20, someone smeared red paint over the children’s books in the box and suspects she witnessed a car pull up and shoo-off the “culprits before they did more.”

“I wiped the paint off, all is good,” said Norma. “Many people enjoy the library, so keep your eyes out for these little bandits.”

Well done, Norma – with only one Salinger-inspired qualification: They’re not only bandits, they’re phonies!

Jason Walsh

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