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Miniature library comes to Steam Cafe in Westport

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Westport, CT | Added on May 09, 2014 At 04:51 PM

There’s a new library in the town of Westport, but for this one, you don’t need a library card.  Instead, it’s called a pop-up library, where all the books are free and it runs off an honor code.

Tucked inside the Steam Café, lies a small bookcase, filled with about a dozen books. Owner Brianna Pennell says a customer brought them in as a way for her to promote reading and share her love for books.

“The next day she came in with her own collection of books and she set it up for me.  She called it, Little Free Library, and it's for the community to share," said Pennell.

Libraries like these are popping all across the country. And, here’s how they work: You can take the books as you please. But, of course, you are expected to return them, and hopefully bring some of your own to add to the collection.

"We have a really remarkable community.  They respect the library.  They are not going to come and dump books they don't want," explained Pennell.

Books here already from a number of a genres, from classics and contemporaries to murder-mystery.

And it’s also good to mention this: Steam café is right next to the Westport train station, making the books here the perfect addition for a long commute.


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