This one blew me away. On Feb. 2, 2010, IKEA set up 30 bookcases on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. I guess it's obvious why they can't be a permanent fixture. But a joy to see the Aussie surfer dudes, perhaps a bit more literate than their American counterparts?
Still in South America, we head north to La Gloria, Colombia, where Luis Soriano tricks out burros Alfa and Beto with books for kids who have none in their homes. Since the late 1990s, his traveling donkey librarians have been trekking along Colombia's Caribbean shore, delivering a rotating selection from the library's 4,800 donated volumes. Soriano's work with his Biblioburros has been featured on PBS' POV series.
Last but not least, we ride our vintage Schwinn cruiser to Williamsburg, Brooklyn's Corner Library. Artist Colin McMullan designed this replica of a classic public library, which stays open to cardholders 24/7. It's fully functional, including donated graphic novels, zines, pamphlets, and books published by small presses and artists, plus CDs, DVDs, maps, etc. More of the popular, doghouse-sized bookeries are in the works.