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Little Free Library springs up in Charlotte

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The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation Friend's Council has teamed up with the City of Charlotte's Neighborhood and Business Services Department to bring books in a more accessible form.

It's called the Little Free Library. There are hundreds around the United States, but just a handful in Charlotte.

Basically, these libraries are small structures that stockpile dozens of books. Instead of a library card, people can swing by as they choose and donate or take a book. No return date, no fees -- just a promotion for reading.

Today, there was a ribbon cutting at the Shamrock Senior Center in Charlotte. It's what the Friend's Council and Charlotte teamed up on -- their first Little Free Library.

"Eligible neighborhood-based organizations can apply for a neighborhood-matching grant to receive funds to either purchase a little free library like they have here at the Shamrock Center," Program Manager for Neighborhood-Matching Grants with the City of Charlotte Atalie Zimmerman said. "Or perhaps they would like to build their own."

A pre-application workshop for neighborhoods and other groups wishing to get a grant to start a Little Free Library of their own can attend a workshop on Wednesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at 600 E. Trade St. The grant deadline is April 15.

It's not just Charlotte with these unique libraries. My Fox Carolinas has visited locations in Fort Mill and Monroe.
 
Click here for more information on Little Free Libraries.


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