In Albert Park in central Auckland I chose one of the benches surrounding the rotunda. At noon I set up a little table on which I placed a variety of magazines and newspapers. At the front of the table was a cardboard sign which read “Lunchtime Library”.
Numerous people around the rotunda watched me as I set up my table but none of them approached me.
There were a few people who walked by and looked but did not interact.
A couple seemed interested but did not approach the table.
After an hour a young man approached me and asked if he could read The Guardian. He enquired as to how the library works and I told him he could borrow the newspaper and then return it when he had finished. He seemed pleased and took two Guardians. He returned them about 30 minutes later and thanked me.
A young student from Auckland University approached me to enquire about what I was doing. He was very interested in the concept and eventually invited me to join one of his lunchtime learning sessions.
A middle-aged man approached me with a big smile and said, “This is so cool!” He was borrowed The Guardian for 20 minutes. When he returned it he asked if I would be doing this again.
It wasn’t until the next day that I realised that I had set up my Lunchtime Library on April Fool’s Day.
folding table, magazines, newspapers, park bench. 2014