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Go Ahead, Take A Book

Little Free Libraries pop up in lower Manhattan

Even Goodnight Moon gets old after a while. Here's a cool way to freshen up your child's book collection. The Little Free Library is a traveling book-swap program that sets up outdoor "book shelters," where kids (and adults) are invited to “take a book” and “leave a book” for someone else to enjoy. It's an honor system, folks. And the more thought you put into the books you leave, the more successful the program. From now through September 1, you'll find ten Little Libraries scattered throughout the LES and East Village—each designed by a different architectural team. There's a yellow plastic tank (pictured, on Prince Street in SoHo); a plywood stacked shelf near the Manhattan Bridge that spells out “library” in English, Spanish, or Chinese (depending on the vantage point); and a cartoonish reading bench at Pier 42 on the East River. For more information, including a complete map of the installations, visit archleague.org