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Cindy Burnett
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Phyllis Cohen

Phyllis Cohen loves operating her Little Free Library in West U and seeing people stop by to peruse. 

After I wrote an article highlighting some of the Little Free Libraries in Buzz neighborhoods in the November print issue of The Buzz, I have had people reaching out to tell me about theirs. I decided it would be fun to share more about some of these to help people find the local ones near them. The Little Free Library website has a map of every registered library, which is another great way to find ones near you.  

6619 Mercer St., operated by Phyllis Cohen, Charter #87664

Why did you decide to acquire a Little Free Library?

I have wanted a LFL for a long time - I am a big reader and I thought it would be fun to share books that I have read and also to get ideas based on what other people are reading and leave in the library.

Did you build it or buy it and how was that process?

I bought the Little Free Library and had someone paint it to match the color of my front door and install it.

What is your favorite thing about it?

My favorite thing is seeing people stop by and perusing the library.  People walk over, but people also ride their bikes and even drive over!

What types of books do people usually put in yours?

People have dropped off children's books, and I always think that is fun.  Most of the books are for adults, but I love to see that children are learning how fun it is to exchange books.

1113 Sheffield St., operated by Maureen Brunetti, Charter #126004

Why did you decide to acquire a Little Free Library?

When the pandemic was in full swing I noticed a lot more neighbors taking long walks in the neighborhood. I thought it would be cool, nice, fun, interesting to do something to make this difficult time a little better.

Did you build it or buy it and how was that process?

I posted on NextDoor looking for a handyman, a bored neighbor, or some Boy Scouts looking for a project. The local Girl Scout troop responded and next thing I knew they were asking me what color did I want it painted. They came, installed it and filled it with books. 

What is your favorite thing about it?

I love seeing people stop by to check out and put in books, and the inventory has turned over multiple times. I try to have something for all ages.

Editor's note: Have a local Little Free Library you would like Cindy to feature? Comment below or contact Cindy at [email protected]. And read about Cindy's own Little Free Library here.

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