Bench1Final_santa_cruz_081116_(Medium)Well, OK; it’s not the handsomest bench you ever saw, but its heart is in the right place.

As Shelf Awareness tells us “Bookshop Santa Cruz dedicated an ‘artful reading bench’ the other day at a local playground in Santa Cruz, Calif., the first of three benches that are being donated to the city as reading spots for kids and families in public playgrounds to celebrate the bookstore’s 50th anniversary and as a way of thanking the community for its support.”

It appears already to be working. Apparently even before the bench was officially opened it was in use: a “little girl told her grandma that she couldn’t forget to bring her books. She said she wanted to read on ‘her’ reading bench.” Whatever it takes.