Little Free Library a lesson in give & take

9:27 am | August 12, 2013

The love of books has inspired a national grassroots movement that has found its way to West H Street in Elizabethton.Photo by Danny Davis<br />

In her front yard, next to the street, Leslie Booher has placed a miniature library. Like a large, whimsical birdhouse, the Little Free Library houses not happy robins or sparrows, but books, which she shares with neighbors and whoever passes by.

The library is a small, handcrafted free-standing structure that provides a place where people can leave and take books on almost any topic and for all ages. It houses more than two dozen books and has a small plaque which reads: “Take a book, leave a book.”

Booher learned about the “little free libraries” from an article printed earlier this year in American Profile, which is included with the Sunday edition of the Elizabethton Star.

“It’s done all over the United States,” explained Booher. “It’s apparently meant a lot to people in small communities where the boxes are located to be able to just pick a book and maybe find a book to return. Sometimes, they return the book they chose from the box, other times they return a different book,” she said.

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