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Little Free Library


The miniature dollhouse in Karen Helton’s yard in Apex, NC, holds about two dozen books and the memories of a daughter who loved to read. The family built a Little Free Library inviting passersby to “take a book, return a book.”

The book exchange is among hundreds across North Carolina and over 40,000 worldwide — all part of a nonprofit that promotes literacy and community.

When she sees someone take a book, Helton thinks of Ellie, who was an avid reader. “She just loved and loved and loved it. It was a big part of who she was,” she said.

Leah Keiter, S&A Communications

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