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Little free libraries popping up across Longview

Another to open at "The Green" this fall

Longview, TEXAS (KETK) - Little libraries have been popping up all over Longview, and soon, there will be another. They can be found in parks, and by transit stations.

Michelle Norris of the Longview Homeschool Anchor Club says, "I love the little free libraries they make me smile every time I see 'em."

To date - there are four little free libraries in Longview. The members of the Homeschool Anchor Club enjoy reading so much - they are building one more.

Rachel Boshers says, "Keep Longview Beautiful has given us a grant of $750 dollars with which to build a little free library. It will be a mailbox looking thing and we will put our favorite books in there."

The idea behind the little free libraries is that you can take a book, and then you leave a book. But the public library says they are happy to replenish them if they run low.

"We have wonderful volunteers who go out once a week and keep them stocked. We put about 40 books in each little free library each weeks so they are well read and loved," says Taylor Harding of the Longview Public Library.

Harding says about 1,000 books are donated to the library a month. Some of those books are used to stock the little free libraries.

The new little free library will go into "the green" - a new 9 acre park being built in the city. 

"We wanted to make sure that our little library was there where children and families could come and find those books they might not be able to find at home, and get out into on the parts of the community," Norris adds.

Once it's installed in the fall, members of the anchor club will stock it with their favorite books. Classics are among the first contenders.

"I will probably put in pride and prejudice by Jane Austin, I'm going to go with a classic," Boshers smiles.

The Anchor Club will also maintain it as a community service project.


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