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Orange’s First Little Free Library Opens

July 2, 2024
Time to read:
A mailbox with a picture of books on it

A new free book-sharing box is open on the corner of Summit Drive and Crestwood Terrace, the first of its kind in Orange.  Officially chartered as a Little Free Library, all visitors to the Summit Little Library are welcome to take or share a book.

Stewards Jackie Babe and Roberto Velez were inspired by their neighborhood’s generosity.  After a warm welcome to Orange last year, they wanted to contribute to the community and share their love of reading.  “This neighborhood is wonderful, and we wanted to do something special to celebrate that,” Jackie says.  “We are passionate about stories and literacy, so what better way to come together than over a good book?”

Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon.  The small, front‐yard book exchanges number more than 150,000 around the world in over 100 countries — from Iceland to Tasmania.  Now, the Summit Little Library in Orange will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.

These libraries function on the honor system.  Visitors do not need to share a book in order to take one.  Take a book or two from a little library, or bring a book or two that you’ve enjoyed.  The community keeps the library stocked — just place new books inside the library.

The Summit Little Library (Charter #161507) is listed on the official map of Little Free Libraries at  Follow @SummitLittleLibrary on Instagram or Facebook for updates, and visit the library to share or find a new favorite book.

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