Outdoor library says give a little take a little



 

A woman’s passion for books—real books—is helping the residents of Agoura Hills and surrounding areas rekindle their love for reading.

Tami Lesser, an avid reader, and lover of both old and new books, teamed up with her husband, Josh, and installed a 4-foot-high book sharing hub next to their home at the intersection of Tenneyson and Woodbrook drives in Agoura Hills.

Since installing the birdhouse like structure on Feb. 6, and stocking it with some of Tami Lesser’s favorite reads, multiple visitors have stopped by to take a book and leave book.

“This is such a wonderful, loving gift to our local community,” said friend and neighbor Robin Leibowitz.

“I appreciate our neighbors for giving this to us and hope this inspires other neighborhoods,” Leibowitz said.

Inside the wooden box cubby are more than two dozen paperbacks and hardcovers.

Lesser, a longtime book collector, said she initially stocked it with books for adults, but as exchanges have come in, more children’s books are being made available for the visitors who stop by.

READERS GALORE—At top, Tami Lesser tends to the library in front of her Agoura Hills home. Some 100,000 Little Libraries can be found around the world. Above, geotags show the many locations just in France alone. Courtesy photos

READERS GALORE—At top, Tami Lesser tends to the library in front of her Agoura Hills home. Some 100,000 Little Libraries can be found around the world. Above, geotags show the many locations just in France alone. Courtesy photos

“It’s starting to pick up,” Lesser said. “I have also received some donations from people who are excited about what we’re doing.”

Tami and her husband, both of whom are business owners, joined an organization called LittleFreeLibrary.org for assistance in getting their own curbside library up and running.

The Wisconsin-based nonprofit group operates a registry of stewards whose mini-libraries are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in communities around the world.

There are more than 100,000 little libraries across the globe, the organization says.

“They were first founded for areas that don’t have access to books,” Lesser said.

And even though her library serves affluent Agoura Hills, the need for a free exchange of books is still very real, she said.

“It’s a passion that I’m trying to share,” Lesser said. “I’ve even given away a some free bookmarks.”

The Agoura Hills Little Free Library isn’t the only one around town. Many examples can be seen in communities from Calabasas to Westlake Village.

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