Whitesburg KY

Whitesburg man hopes free book exchange catches on

Crawford hopes talented carpenters can build boxes like this.

Crawford hopes talented carpenters can build boxes like this.

By starting a free book exchange, a Whitesburg man is encouraging children and adults to read.

Avid reader Roy Crawford recently pulled some books off of a shelf at his house and took them to the Letcher County Recreation Center for children and adults to enjoy.

Crawford said the book exchange isn’t the doing of an organization and there aren’t any signups or rules.

“You can take a book or leave a book,” said Crawford, who only puts books in the plastic container that he doesn’t mind not getting back.

Crawford has noticed that some of the books he left at the rec center two weeks ago have been taken and replaced with different books.

“I’m happy about that,” said Crawford, who would like to see other people in the community start free book exchanges throughout Letcher County.

Crawford got the book giveaway idea from the non-profit organization, Little Free Library, which sells wooden library boxes ranging from $150 to $500 online at www.littlefreelibrary.org.

Crawford also encourages people to build similar boxes to place in Letcher County to protect the books from rain.

If people want to donate books, but don’t have any to donate, Crawford said the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library in Whitesburg has a room filled with books that are available for $1 for a bag.

Persons interested in helping with the project may contact Crawford at 633-2226.

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