The first outdoor reading room in the United States was created in 1932 on Boston Commons. New York City adopted this idea in 1935 in Bryant Park and continues to do so today. Open aired reading rooms were organized in the US to bring library services to groups that did not have access to them and to lift the spirits during the depression era http://veronachild.org/Reading_Room.html
Expanding library opportunities for Community Board 4 residents
What can you do at a park? Run, skip, leap, walk, play, frolic, kick up your heels, let down your hair, read...
Read? Yes indeed. The Columbus Commons is home to a very special outdoor reading room. The friendly staff of the Columbus Commons Outdoor Reading Room invite visitors to the southern end of the park to enjoy all the pleasures of a library in the natural setting of Columbus Commons.
Little Free Libraries Open in Overton Park
We’re happy to say that at Overton Park, we’ve now got you covered. Over the past few weeks, we’ve opened not one but two Little Free Libraries in the park. These small structures are full of books that kids can take at any time, for reading at the park or at home. The libraries operate on the concept of “take a book, leave a book,” so that a healthy exchange will keep them stocked for the next curious kid....
Middletown adds 'library' in the park
The public library installed and now stocks a Little Free Library for all to use
Middletown Library Director Teresa Dennis said the idea grew in part out of a regular library patron — herself a retired school librarian — having noted that parents and grandparents like her who take kids to the splash pad could use something to read while they wait.
The result is a “dollhouse-style” widowed box built by Dennis’ husband and installed in the park, “positioned about kid-level.” Library staffers now regularly stock the box with donated adults and children’s books — nice ones, not scuffed ones, the director noted — that are free for the taking. Users are invited to “Take one, leave one,” though that’s not a requirement, and Dennis hasn’t noticed anyone else leaving books — yet.