If you’re looking for a good book, you may find one on a neighborhood corner. A nonprofit putting free books in front yards is making its mark in Oregon.
Little Free Libraries started more than three years ago. There are more than 2,000 worldwide with more than 30 of the locations in Oregon and more than 40 in Washington State.
The newest Oregon location will be at Lake Oswego Playschool by next month. The 3 and 4-year-old students are painting a large wooden box designed to look just like their school.
It will be filled with books and mounted on a post in the front yard. Readers are invited to borrow a book or take one and replace it with a new one.
“It’s really up to the user,” explains project organizer Teri Patapoff. “I think as the books are borrowed and read they’ll be replaced with new ones.”
At two other Lake Oswego locations there are little free libraries with books for adults.
The organizers don’t worry about theft and a website takes them through the whole process, including making a template to identify books.
“If a book goes missing, we just hope the person enjoys it as much as the previous reader,” remarked Patapoff.