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Thursday, May 31, 2012

'Little Free Libraries' popping up around Spokane

The concept comes from the national non-profit Little Free Libraries. Its mission is to promote the love of reading with free books exchanges, as well as build a sense of community.  
She lives near Mullan Road Elementary School and loves the fact that the kids are latching on to the library. With iPods, iPads and iPhones at kids' fingertips, Oakley believes it's important to keep literature a little closer.
"A little redhead came by, took a cookbook out and asked his mom, 'Can we go home and try some of these recipes?' It's wonderful seeing kids get excited about books," Oakley said. "Putting a paperback in your hand is, to me, kind of comforting. I'm trying to move into the electronic age, but I'm doing it kicking and screaming." 
Oakley dedicated her library to her best friend, a teacher who loved book and recently passed away.