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Street Corner Library, No Library Card Needed

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:14 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – Martha Capo and her husband Tom say they took a leap of faith when they moved to Cedar Rapids from Texas. It was in 2008, after parts of the city had been devastated by the Cedar River.

"The community was reeling from the flood. But we felt so welcome here, and so supported,” said Martha.

Now, they’re giving back.

Martha’s mother loved to read and recently died. It made sense to combine her love for her mother with that of her adopted hometown.

"She loved sharing her books so much and it's kind of a way to kind of have her here with me. which is really cool,” said Martha.

The process is pretty simple. Anyone is encouraged to donate a book. All their neighbors have to do is open the latch, pop open the door and take a book out. When they’re done with it, they bring it back.

No library card. No late fees.

"I've seen multiple neighbors open it, look at it, have a little bit of surprise like, 'What the heck is this?” said neighbor Ann Long.

It’s just a box made from recycled plastic on a street corner with books inside, protected by only a tree, but mostly out in the open. For some neighbors, that’s ok.

"I think if you have great hope in people, often times, that hope is given back to you ten-fold,” said neighbor Georgia Shepherd.
Street Corner Library, No Library Card Needed

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