Minneapolis: The Book Metropolis
A few weeks ago I flew out to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Minneapolis. I’ve been there before, but mostly did touristy things. This time, I had a few ideas about what to visit. Plus, my sister made sure I received a true Minneapolis experience.
This included biking around the lakes and into St. Paul. This was over eight miles! This is definitely NOT something I am use to! But it was fun and got me to see things I never would have noticed- like the book drop boxes that are strategically placed around town. These little houses are so cool!
Basically, you can get one of these houses from LittleFreeLibrary, register it’s location, and place it in your yard. Then, it’s up to the people. Drop a book off that you’ve read and take a new one. What a concept! Sharing books with strangers. What a gift! I saw all types of books in these houses, even 50 Shades of Grey!
I am still amazed how Minneapolis and St. Paul embraced books and reading, especially with the amount of INDY bookstores in the city. I was able to visit five and each was different. Here are a few pictures of my favorite.
A used bookstore in St. Paul. I just love the wooden ladder!
A fun house in the middle of the store that was full of books. In the floor were clear panels to watch the ferrets play!
Yes. A cat and a chicken playing!
We all entered using the small door of course!
Wild Rumpus was full of animals. This is where I found the perfect book to read during my travels home.
A bookstore with an outdoor piano to play! Oh my!
This is my favorite bookshop, which is located in St. Paul downstairs from a wonderful coffee shop!