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Dubuque Residents Build Little Free Libraries

City of Dubuque

  New libraries are popping up in Dubuque, and they may look different from what you expect. They're called "Little Free Libraries." And last week, the city announced you can find them using interactive maps on its website. 

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Stacy Seyer, from Dubuque's Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, says the "Little Free Libraries" are small boxes with books inside. And, Dubuque residents are encouraged to take, add to, and return books at any time. 
She says a Wisconsin man, Todd Bol, first came up with the idea in 2009.
Dubuque put its first five "Little Free Library" boxes at fire stations. But, book lovers in the city have started building their own. And now, there are 16.

Credit City of Dubuque

  And, Seyer says everyone is invited to build their own library and add its location to the interactive map online.

The City of Dubuque's website has two interactive maps. One to help residents locate existing libraries, and one that allows residents to add their own.

Seyer says the goal is to promote literacy and increase access to books.