Ankara, Turkey: Trash Collectors Salvage Books, Open Library

Trash collectors in Ankara, Turkey, salvaged so many discarded books that they decided to open a library. After years of tossing away perfectly serviceable books, the sanitation workers asked how these books could be re-utilized. They came up with the idea of the library and then found a location – an abandoned brick factory (below)…

How to turn a fridge into a library

Brazil. Take an old fridge. Let graffiti artists decorate it. Get volunteers to fill it with old books and place it on the street – at bus stops, in parks. Let anyone browse and borrow. The only rule? Return the books. Thus Brazilian creativity brings literacy to the streets. How cool is that?    …