Our Town passionate about Little Libraries

Published 07/17 2013 02:42PM

Updated 07/17 2013 08:04PM

STEWARDSON -- A new program in Our Town is called "Little Libraries." People can take books home and return them when they're done. There's already one and organizers just finished making two more for readers to check out. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera has more.

If you're driving through Stewardson, you might have to travel a ways to get to the closest library. Or if you look closely, you may be able to find one right on Main Street.

"I put the books in it and I thought, 'nobody's going to pay attention,'" said Arlene McCormick. "But they have and they're taking books and I kind of got excited about it."

The village's first Little Library sits in Arlene's front yard.

"Well, I thought it was a pretty neat idea because, what else do you do? I mean, it's kind of unique, you know?" said Arlene. 

"I needed a gift for my in-laws for the 45th anniversary and I thought a little free library would be a good idea," said Arlene's daughter-in-law, Autumn McCormick, who helped organize the project. 

Bookworms from all over stop to see what's inside. They can take their time enjoying the stories and go back for another page turner when they're done.

"It's going to make our neighborhoods more friendly," said Autumn. "This library is always open, so hopefully, that will also increase the love for reading in the area."

The McCormick's hope that love will encourage more people to foster Little Libraries and spread stories across their entire village.

"I think it would be neat to have several stewards in Stewardson," said Autumn. 

That box is one of more than 5,600 Little Libraries in the world. You can find them in the U.S. and in 36 other countries.

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