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Bring a Book, Take a Book: Another Little Free Library Opens in Silver Lake

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In the market for a new book? If you're near Silver Lake, the hunt just got rather easy—and cheap—because the newest Little Free Library was installed this past weekend on Lake View Avenue, says The Eastsider LA.

The terms of agreement are simple: find a retired book somewhere in your house (one that's being used as a paperweight or has been collecting dust on a shelf somewhere will do), take it to the Little Free Library, and swap it for someone else's abandoned read. There's no pricey e-reader involved and no late fees to worry about; you can keep the new-to-you book if it's now a favorite. It's just an all around, feel-good, grassroots effort to encourage a love of reading and help thy neighbor. What's not to love?

The first such box library appeared in Wisconsin in 2009, when teacher Tod Boll built one himself and stuck it on his front lawn to share with his community. Since then, book lovers nationwide have fallen in line and built their own following the site's tips, or ordered a pre-made box to contribute to the neighborhood.

The Los Angeles area is already home to over 10 such libraries; use the Little Free Library Index to find exact addresses for boxes in Hollywood, Culver City, Westchester, Marina Del Rey, Burbank, and beyond. More locations will certainly be springing up soon.

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The project aims to have over 2,510 boxes around the world— more than the number of libraries set up by philanthropist and businessman Andrew Carnegie, who once said, "A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert."

We wanted to add to that never failing spring, so we visited the newest "branch" and dropped off copies of The Hunger Games and Then We Came to the End, should those titles perk the interest of any local readers out there. The box currently holds a wide variety of literature, including cook books, fiction, non-fiction, and children's texts. Don't forget to bring something to trade!