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Check Out Lynnfield’s Newest Little Library

By William Laforme

A “Little Free Library” on Homestead Road in Lynnfield lets neighbors swap book


You won’t be going over there to reserve any computer time or to browse the periodicals, but residents of at least one Lynnfield neighborhood have their own little library for borrowing and sharing books. The operative term here is “little” since the library in question only has room for about ten books at a time.

Ann Miller of Homestead Road first saw a Little Free Library one night on television and sent the idea to her father, who built one of the weather-tight little library boxes. A website,LittleFreeLibrary.org, reports that it is working to promote literacy and to connect neighborhoods with the little library boxes, with an eye on building more than 2,510 of them around the world – more than the number of libraries built by Andrew Carnegie.

“I thought it was cute,” said Miller, who has lived in Lynnfield for nine years with her husband David Miller, Jr., who grew up in town, as well as two daughters. “I wanted to pass that on to other people, especially kids. People really like it.”

The little book exchange box usually has children’s books in it, with two or three other books at any given time, such as Mary Higgins Clark novels, reports Miller. “It’s take a book, leave a book,” she added. Miller reports that this is the only Little Library that she knows of on the North Shore, with the other nearest one being in Framingham. She added that the little book boxes can be found all over the country however, and estimated that there are presently six or seven of them in Massachusetts.

“I’d love for people to stop by and enjoy it,” said Miller.