How many books do you want for Christmas? The obvious answer is “all of them,” because you’re a huge nerd (who isn’t these days?) who’s collecting them like so many Pokemon. The problem with that, of course, is that books cost money, and from a practical perspective, the more books you have, the more of a pain in the ass it is to move. But what if you could just have someone else store all the books you’d want to read? While Mellow Pages isn’t quite that, it’s as close as you’re gonna get, so tell your friend to get you a membership there for a year, it’s just $20.
What does a Mellow Pages membership come with? Aside from being able to take out books from Brooklyn’s only user-sourced library, you also get free coffee, and presumably people will always be happy to see you when you show up. And unlike a regular library, Mellow Pages has tons of small press books and oddities like The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the 21st Century. Plus, no judge-y librarians shushing you. $20 at Mellow Pages, 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick