To keep kids reading all summer long, a couple of area residents are offering books for free.
The Little Free Libraries are part of a much larger movement where you can take a book and never have to worry about late fees.
The Little Free Library program begin in Madison Wisconsin in 2010. There are now thousands of these home-made miniatures around the world, including a few in the Rockford area.
Candice Warriner lives in Roscoe. Since she built her Little Library, she say's it's been quite the attraction. "Kids in the neighborhood on their bikes or their moms and their dogs will be walking and they'll stop. it's pretty cool," says Candice.
As the name says, all the books are free to take.
"And a lot of people can't afford to have books at their home or don't for whatever reason and so this kind of enables everyone, rich or poor, to read books," says Candice.
The Warriners have about 40 books in their Little Free Library. And there's something for everyone. Picture books for the kids, and longer novels for the grown-ups.
Less than 10 miles away, on East Drive in Loves Park, another Little Free Library welcomes eager readers, complete with a bench if they want to sit awhile.
Terry Cox built the Little Library. He says "I wanted the books to be available at the same time that there's so many other media for kids to use. I don't want kids to loose the feels and the smell and actually having a physical book in their hands."
Anyone can start a Little Free Library, you can go to the organizations website to find out how. LittleFreeLibrary.Org.
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