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“Little Free Library” encourages reading, community spirit

Derrick Abromeit's "Little Free Library" sits on his lawn, encouraging neighbors to take a book and read.

Derrick Abromeit's "Little Free Library" sits on his lawn, encouraging neighbors to take a book and read.

June 21, 2013

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Derrick Abromeit's "Little Free Library" sits on his lawn, encouraging neighbors to read.

Derrick Abromeit's "Little Free Library" sits on his lawn, encouraging neighbors to read.

A bookcase with a note reading, “Little Free Library” sits at the edge of the lawn at 2006 Quail Drive, but don’t drive off with the bookcase thinking you've scored a free piece of furniture. Instead, open its glass door and take a book home to read.

The Abromeit family, all avid readers engaged in their seventh-annual summer reading competition, planted the new addition to their garden Wednesday to encourage neighbors to swap novels.

“The idea is to get a little more community spirit going,” Derrick Albromeit said. “Hopefully walkers will stop by, grab a book or leave one.”

Abromeit, a government teacher at Gardner-Edgerton High School, was inspired to build his summer lawn project after spotting similar “little libraries” in Iowa City neighborhoods during an April campus visit to the University of Iowa with his daughter, Lily. After two months of work, he completed the bookcase using recycled materials and stocked the shelves with everything from Harry Potter to Steven King.

Abromeit is in last place in his family’s book battle, but with his project finished and a library in his front yard, he hopes to catch up.

To build your own “Little Free Library,” you can register and get free tips at www.littlefreelibrary.org.

Comments

wakarusaROCKS 1 year, 3 months ago

The Lawrence Community Nursery School (Little Red Schoolhouse) on 7th & Alabama installed a Little Free Library last month that is geared towards children.

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Currahee 1 year, 3 months ago

I was thinking the same thing... but this is a different person

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bevy 1 year, 3 months ago

Saw one of these in Topeka a while back. Cool idea!

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booksliveon 1 year, 3 months ago

This is cute and everything, but lets not call it a library...it's a book shelf.

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webmocker 1 year, 3 months ago

booksliveon 4 hours, 42 minutes ago "This is cute and everything, but lets not call it a library...it's a book shelf."

Your comment is cute and everything, except it has a typo.

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Tammy Copp-Barta 1 year, 3 months ago

There has been one in the 400 block of Elm Street in North Lawrence for a long time .. I assume it's still there ..

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KSChick1 1 year, 3 months ago

There's one on Centennial a few blocks from Commerce bank at 9th and Iowa. It's in someone's front yard on the west side of Centennial. Maybe around 10th or 11th and Centennial. I just put 2 books in last night and borrowed a Michael Crichton.

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