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Art gallery owner Ellen Glasgow said that she owns the first free library in Frankfort, which is fixed to the wall outside her studio on Lewis Street. (Photo by McKenna Horsley)

Locals are setting up library posts with free books and donation boxes around the community. 

The Friends of the Paul Sawyier Public Library are in the process of establishing free libraries, or stations where residents can drop off or take books as they wish. The Dominion Senior Living center has opened a "blessing box" for donations. 

Manoj Shanker, who is on the committee creating the boxes, said that the Friends of the Library has not fully decided where the stations will go. 

The idea of the library comes from the international Little Free Library movement. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that exchanges millions of books each year and provides book access to all 24/7 in more than 90 countries, its website said. In order to be an official Little Free Library and placed on a map of all stations in the world, a steward of the station must place a charter sign on the library, which costs between $39 to $82

Shanker said that he saw a Tiny Library while in Lexington and took a photo of it. Tiny Libraries are sponsored by the Lexington Public Library and places the idea of Little Free Library on a local scale. Shanker said the Friends of the Paul Sawyier Public Library began discussing sponsoring their own free libraries. 

The Friends of the Library are currently looking for ways to get the program off the ground, said Russell Wright, another member of the group. Locations of stalls, taking in volunteers and other details are still being determined. Shanker picked up an old newspaper stand from the State Journal on Tuesday to re-use for housing the books. 

The library's stations will not be the first of their kind in Frankfort. Art gallery owner Ellen Glasgow said that she owns the first free library in Frankfort, which is fixed to the wall outside her studio on Lewis Street. She said she made it with her grandson when he was nine and the library has been in use for about eight years. 

Glasgow's library is registered with the Little Free Library. She said that she fills it with books everyday, some of which are donated by people in the community who bring them to her or leave them on her studio's steps. 

"The response has been phenomenal," Glasgow said. 

Bins for books are not the only type of donation boxes in the area. Dominion Senior Living Center will set up a "Blessing Box" on the sidewalk near its building. A blessing box is a space where people can anonymously pick up donated goods. 

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