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Little Free Library
A red, five-foot tall box is Lexington, Oklahoma’s, version of a huge public library. Inside are about 50 books for young and old readers.
“They’re the property of the city,” said Lisa Hadley, a Public Works Clerk.
Lexington couldn’t afford to build a full-scale library, so when Hadley saw a story on the Little Free Library on television she ran to her boss.
“She brought it in and said you’re not going to believe what I’ve seen,” said Charlie McCown, Lexington’s City Manager.
Hadley says the town kept costs to a minimum by doing some dumpster diving for scrap materials to build the boxes. A book drive helped build a stock of old and new books. Lexington opened its first Little Free Library inside City Hall.
“It was such a positive thing in the neighborhood,” McCown said. “Everybody came in and said tell us more about this.”
Now with 8 libraries scattered around town, the idea continues to grow.
“I couldn’t tell you who uses it more, the kids or the senior citizens,” Hadley stated.
Basically, people can take a book for free and replace it with an old one. 12 year old Drake Wells says his friends are hooked.
“There are more opportunities for people to read,” he said.
Lexington changes the books every week so readers have lots of choices.
“I really like Judy B. Jones because she always makes mistakes and spells words wrong,” said Kyleigh Wells, an 8 year old reader.
9 year old Kaytlynn Crawford enjoys series of books like Harry Potter.
Her 5 year old brother, Zaine Crawford, enjoys Dr. Seuss.
"Because they have rhyming words and they’re weird,” he said.
The Little Free Library is the brain child of Todd Bol. He built the first one in honor of his mother. His idea has grown from 1 library in 2010 to almost 6,000 in 35 countries.
“We have high schools building them and sending them to Africa,” he said.
Bol says the libraries promote reading and community because they give people a place to gather.
“We’ve been told many times that having a Little Free Library is like having a porch, a front porch that extends to your sidewalk.”
Bol also says the libraries give kids a reason to turn off the video games, step outside, and jump in a good book. Kaytlynn Crawford agrees.
“The best thing is probably when you take a book and give a book because you’re giving a book that you know, and it’s one of your favorite books,” she said. “Then you get a new book you haven’t read before!”
Posted: Thursday, March 21 2013, 03:51 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. court upholds life sentence in uncle's death
May 17, 2013 21:34 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence of a 38-year-old man who was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting his uncle to death.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Friday in the case of Patrick Shane Yargee. A jury in Tulsa County found Yargee guilty in the 2010 shooting death of 48-year-old David Willie Harjo.
Authorities alleged that Yargee shot Harjo eight times in a residence in northern Tulsa. Reports filed in the case indicate that the two men had an argument involving a woman before the shooting.
The five-judge court unanimously rejected Yargee's claims that he was denied a fair trial.
Yargee's defense attorney, Stuart Southerland of the Tulsa County Public Defender's Office, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
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