Small free libraries offering solace amid virus shutdowns

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Posted at 8:35 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 21:35:41-04

As government orders shuttered public libraries to slow the spread of coronavirus, some have turned to official and unofficial book-sharing means to satisfy their desire for new reading material.

In California’s Yosemite Valley, a resident carts around donated books in the back of her car to serve as a mobile library. In Arizona, a teacher with a bookshelf she built in her yard says she’s seen its use skyrocket.

Little Free Library nonprofit executive director Greig Metzger says volunteers are reporting a jump in free small library usage. He says some people even are using the spaces to pass out canned goods and masks.

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