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PRINEVILLE, OR -- Book-lovers in some parts of rural Crook County no longer have to travel into Prineville to visit the library. The first two “Little Free Libraries” will open Friday at the Powell Butte Store and Juniper Canyon Fire station. And, Jane Scheppke, with the Crook County Library, says using them is simple - no library card required. "Find a little free library – and you can’t miss them because they look like tiny birdhouses. And, you can take a book, you can leave a book. It’s basically a really simple one to one exchange where you take something and the expectation is that you’ll leave something behind."


Scheppke admits they got the idea from social media; similar programs have launched around the country in recent months. "These are books that were selected specially by the Friends of the Library to go out into the little free libraries. So, if those get lost, nobody is going to be charged any fines or fees. We are expecting there to be a little bit of loss, but we’re also expecting people to contribute some of their own materials to the project."


The Crook County project is completely volunteer-run. "We are seeking some volunteers to help us manage our little free libraries, to make sure they’re remaining stocked, that they’re remaining clean and nice," Scheppke tells KBND News. "When we have more volunteers on board, we’re going to get a third site started at the Paulina Store."


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