Micro-Libraries Abound

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DIY micro-libraries are the latest recession-inspired establishments to pop up around San Francisco, an awesomely affordable way to keep up on your reading.

These informal mini-libraries provide an alternative to public libraries, which are perpetually at the mercy of budget-cuts, and private libraries with expensive membership fees. What they lack in quantity, they make up for in specialization. For example, Kristina Kearns’ library, Ourshelves, features shelves curated by Bay Area authors or chef Jake Des Voignes cookbook library. This is an awesome way to participate in the local community whilst keeping up on your reading!


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