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Little Free Libraries Popping Up Across Murfreesboro

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by Emily Luxen

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - They're popping up everywhere across Middle Tennessee, the United States, and the world -- miniature libraries full of free books.

The so-called Little Free Libraries are part of a worldwide book exchange. The movement is organized by a non-profit group, Little Free Library Ltd., that has registered over 5,000 of these book donation sites all across the world.

One of the latest additions is outside the Central Christian Church in Murfreesboro.  The small, birdhouse-sized structure was modeled to be a perfect replica of the church.

"One lady walked by and said, ‘awww, it's so cute,'"  said Pastor Steve Odom.  "It has definitely been getting some attention."

The little library is positioned on the church's front lawn, right by a sidewalk where passersby can take a book for free, or donate one of their own.  The library runs on the honor system. 

There are no late fees, and no library cards are needed.  The little library offers a variety of books to please any type of book lover.

"We've got kids' books, cookbooks, detective novels, all sorts of things," said Pastor Odom. "We've given away 30 to 40 books in just a couple of weeks."

There are currently four little libraries in Murfreesboro.  The first opened last year in Rami Shapiro's front lawn on North Church St.

"I love books and I love sharing them, so this is just perfect," said Shapiro.

Shapiro, who works from home, often looks out his front window to see people checking out the books, or dropping one off.  He said he is thrilled the concept has caught on.

"Any book that is in there , somebody liked, so people often want to try it," said Shapiro.

The other two locations in the city are in the Medical Building at 1370 Gateway Blvd, and on Grange Place.

Owners and book lovers hope the concept continues to grow in popularity, and the new books find a way into the little libraries.

"We think literacy is important not just for religion, but for success in school, success in a career," said Pastor Odom.  "Anyway we can promote that, we want to do it."

For more information visit the Little Free Library's website.

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