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Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front‐yard book exchanges number more than 86,000 around the world in 85 countries — from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. Now, a new Little Free Library in Lakewood Estates in Bessemer will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create a community of readers.

Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince hosted a dedication of the Lakewood Estates Little Free Library on July, 4, 2019. Friends from the neighborhood enjoyed lemonade, pound cake and watermelon while they explored the new library. The library includes both children’s book and grown-up’s books.

Little Free Library’s operate under the “take a book, share a book” principle so if you take a book to read, replace it with a book that you have enjoyed so that others can enjoy it too.

“This Library belongs to you. It is Bobby’s and my gift to the community,” said Joe Openshaw. “Becky Rainey, Valerie Payne, and I will be Stewards of the Library, and any questions should be directed to one of us. It’s our hope that this Little Free Library will bring a little more joy, a little more connection and a whole lot more books to our community.”

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association, and Reader’s Digest named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.