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Guerilla library: Free books in your neighborhood mailbox

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If you’ve ever taken a stroll through Downtown’s Huntridge neighborhood, you might have noticed a mailbox-size library of children’s books. Author and Huntridge resident Kim Foster hopes you take one.

Having heard about County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani’s involvement in the Little Free Library project (which boasts over 36,000 miniature book exchanges around the world), Foster reached out to Giunchigliani in the hope of getting a library box installed in her yard. “She basically came over the next day with a library,” Foster says.

Foster curates and maintains the tiny library with specificity: a third picture books, a third easy-readers and a third young-adult books, so there’s always something for everyone. “This is actually really different from adult libraries, because usually there’s a ‘bring one, take one’ sort of feel to it, and the library manages itself. That doesn’t happen with this library. These kids take these books and don’t bring them back,” Foster says. “And we’re thrilled about that”—although she’s always accepting donations. Having recently moved from New York City with her husband, Absinthe producer David Foster, she says the library has connected her family to the community. But more importantly, it’s helping locals. “There are families who don’t have a lot of extra money to have a bookshelf full of books who are really utilizing this. That’s why we don’t care if kids bring them back or not.”

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