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Resident joins Little Free Library movement with newly opened Book Shack

Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 11:09 a.m. CST
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(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Tom and Kim Krueger check their recently opened Little Free Library in their front yard on Brainard Avenue across from the La Grange Country Club on Saturday.

LA GRANGE – The second Little Free Library has made its way to the La Grange area courtesy of a local resident.

The Book Shack, as Kim Krueger and her husband Tom call it, opened in early July outside of their home at 805 S. Brainard Ave.

"It's a really cool thing and a nice way to promote reading and literacy," Krueger said.

Operating on a "take a book, leave a book" system, the Book Shack is part of the Little Free Library movement, which began in Wisconsin in 2009, according to the movement's website.

The movement has now expanded into a global effort, with many other mini-libraries available all over the world. The closest can be found just off of Hillgrove Avenue at 5 Poplar Place.

Krueger, who previously worked as a librarian at both the La Grange Public Library and the Brookfield Public Library, said she and her husband keep the library stocked with a variety of books of all genres for both adults and children.

"I've always been a reader," Krueger said. "And I think it's really good for people to have a place where they can pick up things they want to read, not just what they have to read for school or work."

The Book Shack can be visited at anytime throughout the day or night, according to Krueger, At night, they have lights set up around the box so readers can see the titles.

Although it's only been about a month since they launched the Book Shack, having the little library in her front yard is just fun, Krueger said. She said the shack – built by Tom – has turned into a community event, bringing many residents out to hunt for new reading material.

"I'd encourage other people to do it," she said. "It's not that hard to make and it's just fun."

In the age of computers and technology, having a Little Free Library or reading in general is a nice way to bring people out, Krueger said.

"[Technology] can make people isolated," Krueger said. "[Reading] creates better writers and speakers. It's a wonderful learning tool and [the Book Shack] is a real community builder." 

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Visit The Book Shack, at 805 S. Brainard Ave., to find a good read. The Book Shack is open throughout the day for visitors with lights to brighten up the area at night.

For more information on the Little Free Library movement or to open your own library, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.

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