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July 17, 2014

One size fits all at Little Free Libraries

DUNCAN — Two additional Little Free Libraries have been added to the Duncan landscape.

The libraries, which look a bit like bird houses,  are free repositories for books where the public is encouraged either to contribute or borrow something worth reading.

The first two were built at the Stephens County Genealogy Library and Hillcrest Park in November.

Two more were added at St. Stephens Methodist Church and at a Chickasaw Tribe housing area on 27th Street, Duncan Public Library Director Jan Cole said.

“People use them and enjoy them,” she  said.

A $1,000 grant for materials and labor from the University of North Texas were used for the library project in Duncan.

Matt Whitten and Clay Cole built the structures, which are maintained by the Friends of the Duncan Public Library, Cole said.

“I check on them about every two weeks and put books in sometimes,” she noted.

Those who borrow books  are encouraged to return them for someone else to read.

The libraries operate on an honor system.

The Little Free Library movement started in 2009 when Todd Bol of Wisconsin built a small model of a schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, who was a teacher, and filled it with books for the neighborhood, according to littlefreelibraries.org.

“Anybody can do this,” Cole said.

Book boxes can be registered as Little Free Libraries and included in the littlefreelibraries.org map for $35.

Cole said there is a charter to build one more library in Duncan.

 

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