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Kevin Mahoney Steward #3119 1303 Lakeside Dr. SW Alexandria Mahoney built his own library, which he calls the "Crooked Little Library," and installed it in his front yard in his quiet residential neighborhood. Because the program encourages book recycling, he decided to use recycled materials in the construction. Concerned that people were hesitant to walk through his lawn to visit the library, he later added a sidewalk leading up to it and is considering adding a bench next to it this summer.

Take a book, leave a book, read a book

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Take a book, leave a book, but - most importantly - read a book! That is the hope of three local residents who erected public libraries right in their own yards.


Kevin Mahoney, Joan Larson and Del Mari Runck, all of Alexandria, each heard about the Little Free Library program and decided it was something they wanted to be part of.


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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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