Little library posted in West Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The first time Carol Doerfler saw one, she was intrigued. “I remember seeing one and thinking, ‘What is that?’” she said. Doerfler, a longtime active member of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association, later saw a story about a Little Free Library in South Salem and realized that was the one she’d seen. After thinking about it a couple of years, she brought the idea up to the WKNA board. When nothing happened, Doerfler brought the idea up again. This time, she got some funding and support. Doerfler hopes to have her little library up at Moneda Avenue and Shoreline Drive by mid-August. “We had an old bookcase that belonged to (husband) Martin’s friend Bill Randol,” Doerfler said. “We repurposed it into a little library. Bill was an avid reader, so it seems appropriate. I used to be an avid reader and Martin still is.” According to information at littlefreelibrary.org, the concept was started by Wisconsin’s Todd Bol in 1996 but really started to take off in 2010. Little Free Library was established as a nonprofit organization in May 2012. There are currently 25,000 locations around the world, including in all 50 states and more than 70 countries. It’s estimated more than 35 million books have changed hands as part of the exchange. The organization hopes to have 50,000 locations by 2017. Doerfler is...

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