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Brown County is developing its “Free Little Libraries” program, offering three new locations for community members to pick up or drop off used books for free.
The Brown County Literacy Coalition is running the program. It started with four small libraries, but has expanded to seven. Coalition president Jonathan Bolte says the group wants to continue to expand.
Bolte says the county first got involved in the Free Little Libraries program about five years ago, and they’ve received overwhelming support.
“There’s been no obstacle at all,” Bolte says. “And we were surprised, for instance, in our recent search for places to put them actually, every place said yes.”
In order to install a library, the Coalition first has to get approval from either a business or landowner to build the structure on their property.
The coalition then fills the library with books. Community members can take those books home or leave their own books behind.
Bolte says community members have gotten very involved in the libraries.
“They exchange books. They bring in their own books. They supply books and take books,” Bolte says. “So it’s really an exchange point for the community around whatever that point is in the county.”
Bolte says the libraries are part of a broader effort from the coalition to support literacy and intellectual growth in Brown County.