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Oklahoma City joins Little Free Library movement

Two of a planned dozen or more of the tiny book exchanges are in place, one in the Plaza District and one in the Linwood neighborhood.
by Richard Mize Published: August 17, 2013
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Little Free Libraries are here. And there. And more are on the way.

The community movement aims to locate tiny book exchanges here and there for use by local communities — for people to “Take a Book, Leave a Book,” as the slogan goes.

It landed here last year when Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma, the American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter, Full Circle Book Store, Barnes & Noble and the Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Everywhere (SHINE) Program of Oklahoma County came together to establish a dozen or so Little Free Library locations in the metro area.

Neighborhood Alliance solicited applications from neighborhoods to provide locations and care for the Little Free Libraries.

AIA Central Oklahoma solicited teams to design and build each of the libraries.

The idea is for the little libraries to fit their neighborhoods' “genre.” So far, there is a mobile one in the Plaza District, designed by architect Kenneth Fitzsimmons of Task Design Inc., and another one at 3128 NW 20 in the Linwood neighborhood, by TAP Architecture and Guernsey.

“They come in all shapes and sizes and are constructed from all kinds of materials. Local architects and contractors are donating time and materials to design and build the libraries for Oklahoma City neighborhoods,” said Melissa Hunt, executive director of AIA Central Oklahoma.

It all started in Hudson, Wis., when Todd Bol placed a decorative wooden container made to look like a schoolhouse on a post in his yard as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and schoolteacher.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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