Little Free Libraries Book Exchanges are increasing in Roanoke City and Roanoke County

Cheryl E Preston
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Little Free Libraries and Book Exchanges are catching on

If you are a Baby Boomer or from the Jones Generation you may have noticed that books written in the 1990s ad beyond might not suit your taste. Growing up in a time of censorship the paperbacks and hardback books of days gone by were not explicit when it comes to thrillers/horror or romance. Browsing through the libraries and bookstores today might leave you feeling as if you can no longer find the material you enjoy but there is a ray of sunshine in the lining of this cloud.

Roanoke City and Roanoke County both offer the Little Free Library Book Exchange in various locations throughout the valley. These are book hubs outdoors in front of other establishments where you can take a book free and also leave material for others to read. The first two I noticed were old Roanoke Times Newspaper containers in front of the old Woolworth building at 24 West Campbell Ave. Downtown and in front of Style Plus and the Melrose Hardware on Melrose Ave.
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Build your own free library

There is also a free in front of the Gainsboro Library but it is a large structure that was made for this purpose. On Grandin Road next to the Roanoke Ballet Theatre there are 2 containers-one for books and the other to exchange crossword puzzles. I have found books that I no longer have and had not replaced as well as some I never got to read back in the day. In Roanoke County, everything is on the honor system and you are not required to give one before you take one.

There is a map of the Little Free Libraries that will give you locations around the world. Sometimes the little libraries are full and at other times they might be empty. Keep these in mind. You can also build your own Litte Free Library and start your own exchange of the type of books you like to read. There is at least one house in Roanoke City on Howbert Ave. where the residents are doing just that.

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