Sketched Nov. 14 and 15, 2012
The home of Josh and Cameron Larios in the Lake City neighborhood has unique curb appeal. A recycled newspaper box that they customized and placed by the sidewalk invites passers-by to “Take a book. Return a book.”
The “Little Free Library” is one of nearly 50 that have popped up around Seattle, after a movement that started in 2009 in Wisconsin.
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Some of the little libraries are as charming as can be. In the Mount Baker neighborhood, Margaret Opalka’s library is topped by an old sled and a bright yellow croquet ball. In Mountlake Terrace, Vernon and Jen Winters painted their library with beautiful Native American motifs.
Josh and Cameron Larios joined the movement thinking it’d be a good way to get rid of old books, but their little library has come to mean much more. It has brought out a do-it-yourself mentality and spirit of sharing, said Josh Larios. “I feel like I’m more connected to the community.”