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On Monday, Aug. 26, Bob and Vicki Dalager hosted a short dedication program for the Little Free Library on Monday night, complete with cookies, lemonade and gummi "bookworms" for the neighborhood.

Little Free Library pops up on Highland Drive

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MORRIS, Minn. -- Morris is on the map again, this time for joining a growing movement of small, free libraries popping up in neighborhoods across the United States.

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Bob Dalager said he got the idea for putting up a Little Free Library in the small park along Highland Drive in Morris after seeing a special on the news about the trend.

The concept behind the Little Free Library movement is simple: take a book, leave a book. This is the first registered library in Morris and one of only a few in the west central Minnesota area.

According to a map available on the Little Free Library website, www.littlefreelibrary.org, there are three libraries in the Alexandria area and one in Sisseton, S.D.

A Little Free Library is more than just free books. Each library has a personal touch, and users are encouraged to share their favorite books with their community.

The Little Free Library will be focused on children's books, since there are so many young families and daycares in the area, Dalager said.

"Kids can bring books they like and leave them there -- it's just a sharing of books," he said.

After hearing about the project, Dalager went online and purchased the pre-built library box. When it arrived, he checked with the city of Morris for permission and worked with a carpenter friend to build the stand for the library to sit on. The library Dalager chose is made out of recycled materials, highlighting the project's mission to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.

The Highland Drive Little Free Library is dedicated to Bob and his wife Vicki's infant foster son, Scott, who was recently adopted after spending eight months with the couple.

The Dalager's hosted a short dedication program for the Little Free Library on Monday night, complete with cookies, lemonade and gummi "bookworms" for the neighborhood.

Now that the library is installed, the Dalager's will serve as stewards for Little Free Library 6785 -- making sure that snow is cleared away during the winter and that the library stays in good, working order.

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Kim Ukura
Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. 
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