Elementary teacher sets up free community library

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FLUSHING — Flushing residents in need of a good read can stop by a new community library to pick up a free book.

Jen Wagner, an elementary teacher from Flushing who teaches in the Birch Run Area School District, has provided a free book stand in her front yard on the 6000 block of N. McKinley Road between Stanley and Coldwater roads. The library is based on a “take a book, leave a book” system, in which people can select a book from the stand and leave one of their own for others to read.

Wagner said she was inspired by the Little Free Library movement, a worldwide book exchange program that encourages individuals to set up non-profit library book stands or boxes in their communities. She said that the stand will be well-stocked with titles for adults and kids alike and include a variety of genres.

“Reading is an escape right now, for all ages, during these crazy times in our world,” she said. “The goal is to have people swap out books and find a new title or author they might enjoy.

“With this library, there are no due dates, no pressure,” Wagner added. “Just the enjoyment of reading.” — B.G.