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Kindness can’t be quarantined: Little Free Libraries now used to provide essential items during pandemic

Little Free Libraries — the cute book exchange boxes on thousands of front yards and street corners — are being turned into sharing boxes filled with toilet paper, food and comfort items during the coronavirus pandemic.

Folks at the free book exchange movement, which started in Wisconsin, have gotten so many messages about the repurposing of Little Free Libraries, they devised a new map with caring box locations throughout the U.S. as well as a few foreign countries.

Even in a time of social distancing, kindness cannot be quarantined.

“Generosity and caring for each other are for the common good. That’s really at the heart of the Little Free Library Network,” said Margret Aldrich, head of media and programming for Hudson-based Little Free Library.