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Little Free Library was built by the whole family!

Karen Kerr and her Little Free Library. Karen Kerr and her Little Free Library.

It would be great if there was a way to just borrow a book without the hassle of using a library card, or worrying about getting it back in time.

Well, there is. It’s called the Little Free Library, but it’s more than one library, it’s a world-wide network. Unfortunately there are not nearly as many as computers on the world-wide web, but it’s growing.

We spotted a retired teacher’s yard with a pretty special library, and she says still hasn’t completely let go of teaching.

Karen Kerr introduced twenty years worth of first graders to reading before she shut the doors of her classroom, and now she finally has her dream job: Librarian. What’s even better is her little library was built by her little family.

“It is one of the best gifts I ever was given. I turned 65 last year so my little house is now almost exactly a year old as a matter of fact,” Kerr said.

She had read an article about the Little Free Library after she retired and mentioned she would like to participate one day, and her family surprised her.

“It’s painted by all my children and grandchildren except for one who wasn’t at home when they did it. Part of the wood came from my mother-in-law’s home, so that’s special. Here’s your official Little Free Library sign. My daughter painted this, her husband put the door on," she recalled.

"This was painted by my oldest son, my middle child. It’s a quote from Dr. Seuss. My grandson painted this side, one of my granddaughters painted the rainbow fish," she continued.

"Another granddaughter made her hand print and made it an owl. I bet you can’t guess that the three little children did this one. One of my sons did Pete the Cat, and this is a quote I had in my classroom, my daughter put that on the roof. You can see the physical part of it is very special. I was totally surprised. I cried like a baby,” Kerr recalled.

After she dried it up she realized something.

“I’ll be able to stand at the window and see little kids come and get books out of my library, and it was just the neatest thing to me,” Kerr revealed.

So she’s not working at it quite as hard, but she is still teaching. “There’s just nothing like being a reader,” Kerr concluded.

There is one rule for readers: You’re not allowed to sell the books.

The Little Libraries belong to everyone, and there are over 7,000 in the United States alone.

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