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Little Free Libraries are Sprouting Around Palm Beach County

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West Palm Beach's Little Free Library located at the Stone Button Studio. Charter number 31943.

Next time you see a newspaper box in Palm Beach County, look closer. It may be a “Little Free Library.”

Palm Beach County is adding some “fun-sized” libraries, as part of a worldwide initiative to encourage more kids to pick up a book and read.

 These colorful boxes are designed to encourage children between 4 to 16 years of age. The books were provided by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County. 

 The Palm Beach Post donated the boxes, which will now serve as a book exchange running on a “take-a-book, leave-a-book" honor system strategy.

 The non-profit initiative is called "Little Free Libraries.” It claims there are 40,000 of these libraries worldwide. Children will have around 50 to 60 books to choose from. 

The first old newspaper box turned into a “Little Library” in Palm Beach County debuted last week at the council's Bridges center at 2831 Avenue S. in Riviera Beach. 

 The Palm Beach County Commission said it hopes to install 17 more by the end of the month. The old newspaper boxes will be re-designed by a Leadership Palm Beach County Civic Engagement Team. 

Want to visit one the Little Libraries? Here is a map: