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Box of free books created by Dennis Weber is on display at Estacada Public Library for the next month

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Dennis Weber built a Little Free Library that will be at the Estacada Public Library for the next month. He hopes the project encourages others to build Little Free Libraries of their own.

Estacada residents Dennis and Donna Weber have seen Little Free Libraries across the country and the world during their travels, and they've recently brought the project to their local community.

Dennis Weber crafted a handmade, wooden box that is filled with books inside of the Estacada Public Library, 825 N.W. Wade St.

The box will remain at the library for a month before journeying to its new home in the front yard of the Weber's home on Pierce Street.

There are 70,000 registered Little Free Libraries in 85 countries across the world. Patrons are encouraged to take a book, and when they can, leave a book.

Weber and Estacada Public Library Director Michele Kinnamon hope additional community members are inspired to participate in the Little Free Library project by seeing this one on display.

"I hope it encourages others to do it around town," Weber said.

Kinnamon said it will be a good opportunity for the community, particularly with the new subdivisions in town.

"We can have citizens walking around in their own neighborhoods, excited to know that they have one," she said. "It's the excitement and surprise of what they see when they walk up to it. It's a small, neat project, but it could really be built off of."

For those interested in building a Little Free Library of their own, the Estacada Public Library offers several books on the subject, including "Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds" by Philip Schmidt and Little Free Library.

Weber's Little Free Library, known as Bailey's Book Box after his son's late dog, has been inside of the Estacada Public Library for several weeks. Kinnamon noted that library staff have had to restock the box with new books each morning.

"I'm excited to give free books to people," Kinnamon siad, noting that the box is mainly filled with donations and books the library has removed from circulation. "It's an opportunity for people to get a free book to enjoy."


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