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New Way To Share Books In Philadelphia

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)- A book sharing phenomenon that started in Hudson, Wisconsin has made its way to Philadelphia.

Little Free Library is a non-profit that allows people to host a free library wooden box on their porch, front lawn or in front of their business.

Founder Todd Bol explains how it works.

"All you have to do is approach it, find a book that you like and take it. And at some later day return a book. What we found is that that as soon as a neighborhood finds what it's about, that's it for the neighborhood, that's their library, they never have a problem with books."

Bol says he and his partner opened the first little free library in 2009 and the concept took off. Now there are little library boxes in towns everywhere from Florida to Alaska, from Mexico to Canada.

"We had a goal of passing Andrew Carnegie and building 2,510 libraries by 2014. We'll actually accomplish that task in about two weeks," Bol said.

Bol adds that the boxes are cheap and can be made from recycled wood. In fact, there's one in Old City near North 2nd and Quarry Streets, as well as 31 others across the Commonwealth.

For more info on how to start your own, go to

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