International Book Exchange Program Arrives in Richmond

November 15, 2013

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RICHMOND, Va. — An international book exchange movement that was started in Wisconsin to promote world literacy has come to Richmond.

The book exchange program, called Little Free Library, is located throughout Richmond in residential communities and coffee shops. People are encouraged to take a book from the libraries and then return them or trade them in at another Little Free Library in the community. Currently there are five Little Free libraries registered in the Richmond area.

Jackie Molyneaux, who manages a downtown Starbucks that houses a Little Free Library, says the library adds to customers’ experience when they visit the coffee shop.

“When it comes down to it, coffee shops have always been a second home kind of feeling and then with a little library in it, it adds the final touch,” Molyneaux said.

There are over 12,000 Little Free Libraries scattered throughout 55 different countries. Visitors are encouraged to visit the organization’s website to locate a Little Free Library near them.