KINGSPORT — Take a book. Return a book. Sounds like a library right?
In this case, the tagline describes what's at the heart of Little Free Libraries — a literacy promotion started five years ago in a Wisconsin man's front yard that has now grown to more than 15,000 locations around the world.
A Little Free Library is basically a box of books, resembling a mailbox, where anyone can take or drop off a book, return it to any other LFL location or pass it along to a friend.
The Kingsport Public Library recently established two LFL locations — one near the KATS stop outside the downtown library and another in the lobby of the planetarium at Bays Mountain Park. The book nooks are also popping up near Kingsport's elementary schools, including locations at the Palmer Center, V.O. Dobbins Center, the Fairacres roundabout and Lee Street Apartments.
Little Free Libraries were started by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wis., in 2009, as a way to promote literacy and a sense of community. Bol built the first model in the design of a one-room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother (a former teacher), filled the box with books and put it on a post in his front yard.
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