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Mon., Nov. 19, 2012, 8:29 a.m.

Little Free Library Serves Neighbors

The Little Free Library in Mary Maxfield's front yard at 2217 E. 46th Avenue in Spokane, Wash., awaits the neighbors checking out books. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

One possibly surprising thing about Little Free Libraries: Other than to borrow and drop off books, lingering to peruse the titles or page through the pictures, people leave them alone. That’s contrary to what passers-by wondered aloud when Mary Maxfield put up Little Free Library No. 848 – a peak-roofed box atop a sturdy post in her front yard on the South Hill, with a sign inviting people to take a book or leave one. How would she protect it from vandals? How would she keep people from throwing books into the street? Not an issue, said Maxfield, a retired program director for the Girl Scouts who erected her little library last spring. Well, one time some kids drove past, their car vibrating with loud music/Adrian Rogers, SR. More here.

Question: Would you like to see something like this in your neighborhood?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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