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Bark

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by Lorrie Moore

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    Feb 2014, 208 pages
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Take A Book, Leave A Book—The Little Free Library Movement

In Lorrie Moore's story "Wings," the main character K.C. goes for a walk and meets an elderly man building what looks like a little bird feeder at the end of his driveway. He tells her it's a Book Nook, that he's going to put books inside for people to take, like a little library. A little free library.

These Little Free Libraries are part of a grassroots movement started in 2009 by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin. In honor of his mother, who had been a school teacher and loved reading, Todd built the first one in the shape of a one-room school house, filled it with books and put it in his front yard with a sign that read "Free Books." After building several more and giving them away to be put to similar use, he met and partnered with Rick Brooks, of Madison WI, a proponent of green practices and local economies. Their Little Free Libraries non-profit venture was inspired by Andrew Carnegie's support of 2,509 free public libraries in the late 1800s/early 1900s; by Miss Lutie Sterns, a...

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