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16 ‘Little Free Libraries’ Coming To Monroe County

Check out a book for free, read and return right in your neighborhood to a "Little Free Library"

Little Free Library

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"Little Free Libraries" are mailbox-sized posts holding donated books for anyone in the neighborhood to checkout and read.

So called “Little Free Libraries” are gaining international popularity and are now on their way to Monroe County.

With coordination from the Monroe County Public Library, 16 neighborhood associations will maintain mailbox-sized libraries by this summer with books donated by neighborhood residents.

It’s up to the neighborhood to decide the check-out process, but for the most part, residents will just need to take a book, read and return it–all for free.

Duke Energy is largely funding the project, although Lowe’s is also donating materials and labor and each library will be constructed by R. Martin Woodworks.

Library officials say they want to encourage residents to share book collections and get to know their neighbors. Neighborhood associations are responsible for painting, decorating and of course, providing and maintaining the books.

Alex Dierckman

Alex Dierckman is a reporter and anchor for WFIU/WTIU News and Indiana Newsdesk. She has been with the station since 2012. From Carmel, Indiana, Alex is excited to report and deliver the news in her home state. You can follow her on Twitter @alexdierckman.

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