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The tale of Durham’s little libraries

Stories by Hanna Rumsey, photos by Maddie Wray

You see them everywhere in Durham – in front yards, at churches and playgrounds. Some are simple, just a few pieces of wood and some glass doors. Others are more elaborate, built to resemble the homes that surround them. One is carved into a tree.

They reflect a neighborly generosity and a desire to share a love of reading. “Take a book, share a book,” they say. They reflect Durham’s aspiration for lofty literature … and its insatiable appetite for James Patterson. 

Reporter Hanna Rumsey and Photographer Maddie Wray met the people behind some of Durham’s little libraries and browsed the stacks.

Photo at top: Amanda Waldrop with her Little Free Library. Photo by Maddie Wray – The 9th Street Journal