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Kim Sloan, caretaker for the Clover Bend Historic School, and her granddaughter look at some of the books available in the Little Free Library at Clover Bend.

In an effort to foster a love for reading and make books more accessible to rural areas, the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative is installing Little Free Libraries.

The co-op has thus far donated six Little Free Libraries, along with an assortment of books to stock each. Two of the Little Free Libraries were placed in Lawrence County, one at Clover Bend and one at Lake Charles State Park.

Little Free Library (LFL) is a 501 nonprofit organization that promotes neighborhood book exchanges, usually in the form of a public bookcase. More than 90,000 public book exchanges are registered with the organization and branded as Little Free Libraries.

“The LFL operates on the premise that if you see something you’d like to read, take it,” Glenda Causbie, a literacy specialist with the co-op said. “When you’re finished with a book, you may pass it along to a friend or return it to the LFL from which it was taken, or to any other LFL.”

The recently-added libraries have been registered and can be found on the global Little Free Library map.

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