Take a book, bring a book
by Sally Litchfield
July 01, 2014 10:59 PM | 1149 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kit Boden takes a book from the Little Free Library near the Somerset subdivision clubhouse. Boden built the box herself. <br> Staff/C.B. Schemelter
Kit Boden takes a book from the Little Free Library near the Somerset subdivision clubhouse. Boden built the box herself.
Staff/C.B. Schemelter
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The Little Free Library box is seen near the Somerset subdivision clubhouse.
The Little Free Library box is seen near the Somerset subdivision clubhouse.
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Boden reads a book, taken from the Little Free Library box.
Boden reads a book, taken from the Little Free Library box.
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04/6/14 - Little Free Lending Library 0002 - In this photo illustration, books are seen inside of the Little Free Library box near the Somerset subdivision clubhouse on Sunday. Staff/C.B. Schmelter
04/6/14 - Little Free Lending Library 0002 - In this photo illustration, books are seen inside of the Little Free Library box near the Somerset subdivision clubhouse on Sunday. Staff/C.B. Schmelter
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Little Free Libraries like the one in Lake Somerset subdivision in east Cobb are popping up all around the metro Atlanta area. The take-a-book, return-a-book concept provides a way for neighbors to share reading materials.

“We were trying to give neighbors an opportunity to exchange books that they’ve enjoyed reading. This gives you a chance to exchange that book,” said Kit Boden, who helped establish their LFL four years ago.

Boden constructed a mini library box that is three levels, about the size of a nightstand and placed it in an accessible area near the pool tennis area next to a walking path.

“We have a lot of people out and about walking. You have an opportunity to walk by it. It’s in a fairly visible area for the people active in the neighborhood,” she said.

The beauty of the library is that it promotes literacy and sharing of concepts between people. “Everything I read on (little free libraries) says go ahead and make notes in (the book). Write something in the beginning that you like about it. I like that idea because with a public library, you’re not supposed to make any notes in a book,” Boden said. She is a nurse at an urgent care facility.

“Once I’ve read a book, I don’t need to read it again, and I like the opportunity to share it with somebody,” she said.

“I think everybody likes to share a book. I think it gives you more of a look out on what other people are doing. Maybe you get a chance to see what the world is up to without actually being there. It gives you that opportunity to spread your wings,” she said.

Boden has received positive feedback from neighbors about the library.

“There’s a lot of community pride about it. We’re all trying to expand each other’s knowledge by using books. It’s fun,” Boden said.

To learn more, visit littlefreelibrary.org.

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