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"Free Little Libraries" in this area

Rochester, N.Y. - From the road they look like an oversized birdhouse, but instead of birds they hold books.

Theyre called Little Free Libraries.

Our whole family is avid readers, and I wanted to do it, said Deborah Mistark, a steward of a Little Free Library in Pittsford.

Its really exciting to see the variety that comes in and that people do take books, said Mistark. Ill admit, I love seeing books that dont come back because that means its meant something to someone or theyve passed it on a family member, so thats whats neat about it.

Tucked away on a dead end road in Brighton Linda Weinstein and her husband set up their Little Free Library in July 2012.

I love watching the kids come up on their bikes, said Weinstein. Theyll park their bikes, take stuff out look at it, choose something hopefully and ride off.

The concept is easy - take a book, return a book.

The newest Little Free Library was set up on South Clinton on Saturday.

Its the first of many that the group The Snowball Effect plans to put up around the city.

The goal was to raise enough money for two, said Ken Braley, with The Snowball Effect, but she raised enough money for 18. So we have 16 coming to Rochester and two going to Syracuse.

Ken Braley said he hopes people will be encouraged to read, but he hopes this project has a bigger impact.

[To] help people see that they can improve the city, said Braley. People can work with us or do their own thing but it's all about working to a better city.

For more information about Little Free Libraries or to get involved go to www.littlefreelibrary.org

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Washington Times