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Tuesday, May 06 2014 09:43 AM

Little Free Library open at Expert Estates

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Little free library

Part of national trend, it's the first one in Tehachapi

Little Free Library is a national program, and Tehachapi is the newest location on the map, thanks to a successful Kickstarter funding campaign. The funding campaign is still in progress but already at its funding goal. As additional funds come in, more libraries can be built. The little libraries are usually placed in areas of high traffic in front of businesses, parks or event spaces. People using the Little Free Libraries are encouraged to leave notes in the books they donate or swap telling people what they thought of the book or why they're giving it.

The concept is simple: You take a book out of the library or off its shelf and leave one, books are accessible and free. Tehachapi's Little Free Library is being hosted by Expert Estates at 151 N. Mill St.

The library be available 7 days a week during store hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

"We already have books at the store that have been donated to the library, I loved the idea of the program right away when a friend asked if anyone in Tehachapi was interested in hosting one. Expert Estates already has a collecting reference library at the store where people can look up information on antiques and collectibles. I love books and want to promote reading," said Lisa Kroese, owner at Expert Estates. "I want my store and the area around it in our community to feel like a special neighborhood. We have a great location where folks can visit when they travel to the Post Office, the new Tractor Supply Company and other small businesses along and near North Mill Street. "The library will hold books on a variety of topics, ranging from children's books to science fiction, literature and non-fiction. If the Kickstarter project raises enough funds, we can build more shelving in the store and also have additional little libraries throughout Tehachapi.

Of the seven projects that have sought funding through Kickstarter in Tehachapi since the website was founded, this is only the second to reach its funding goal. Kickstarter is a website where people back creative art and community projects, if a project does not reach its funding goal, then the backers are not charged for their pledge.

The Little Free Library program is open at Expert Estates at 151 N Mill Street and is registered on the official Little Free Library map as part of the nationwide movement. Wisconsin native Todd Bol started the organization in 2009 as a way to honor his mother who loved to read. His goal of 2,510 Little Free Libraries, as many as Andrew Carnegie, has been exceeded.

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