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Grady County Family Creates Miniature Library

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The 18th St. library is on a smaller scale compared to your typical brick and mortar. The 18th St. library is on a smaller scale compared to your typical brick and mortar.
GRADY COUNTY, Oklahoma -

Conventional public libraries have been at the heart of many communities for decades. But a new trend in book borrowing is making its way around the state.

Little free libraries are giving neighbors a gathering place to exchange their books with one another.

Allison Crutchfield, 15, loves to read and saw the library as a way to share her passion with others in Chickasha.

"I think about books when I read them and it evokes some deep thoughts and everything. So, I want people to take something away from it and be able to enjoy the books," said Crutchfield.

She teamed up with her family to create and construct a miniature library for her front yard. The family built if from scratch with scrap lumber. Crutchfield said she handed her grandpa a sketch and said, "Let's do it."

The 18th St. library is on a smaller scale compared to your typical brick and mortar.

The little library has been open for 3 months and has already made a big impact on her neighbors. At least one person left a note saying Crutchfield's project has got them reading again.

Each book has its own 18th Street Library label. Crutchfield carefully categorizes each book within the small crafted box and invites anyone to stop by and pick up a book for free.

"If you really like the book keep it by all means," Crutchfield is asking that in return people will leave her a note about their experience, so she will have something new to read.

The 18th Street Library is grateful for the donations of used books.

Click here for more information on the 18th Street Library. 

Click here to learn how you can start your own neighborhood library.

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