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"Mini" libraries coming to Chattanooga area neighborhoods

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Sam Levine, left, and Ainsley Hughes, center, look at books in the Little Free Library in North Chattanooga. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press Sam Levine, left, and Ainsley Hughes, center, look at books in the Little Free Library in North Chattanooga. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

As a teenager growing up in North Chattanooga, Trevor Slayton shared his walks home from school with a veritable who's who of literary characters, from Jean Valjean and the Pevensie children to Holden Caufield and Ender Wiggin.

Now 26, Slayton says he wants to encourage others to follow in his footsteps as a literary pedestrian by spearheading the installation of four community book exchanges in North Chattanooga neighborhoods. He just hopes the reading doesn't stop at the threshold.

"I'm thinking if you get someone when they're walking home and start reading a book, they're more likely to keep reading it when they get home," Slayton says. "If you place a little library on a street corner, people see it all the time. They can't help but see it. I think they'll be more inclined to stop and say, ‘What's this all about?' and pick out a book."

The concept is based on Little Free Library, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that started in 2009, igniting a craze for community micro-libraries that spawned more than 5,000 book exchanges throughout the nation. Earlier this year, the program's co-founders, Todd Bol and Rick Brooks, were included on Library Journal's annual list of Movers & Shakers.

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