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June 14, 2014

Local family creates miniature library

CHICKASHA — A local family built a hub of summer adventure for the area right in front of their home in the form of a small, rustic miniature library made by hand.

Donors can take a book or share one of their own any time at the 18th Street Library, located at 1508 S. 18th Street in Chickasha.

Allison Crutchfield, 15, said she saw a phone booth that was converted into a borrow-a-book on the University of Oklahoma campus, and she and her mother, Stacy Crutchfield, who had seen the idea on Pinterest, became inspired to create their own.

"I like everybody's reaction. Neighbors tell people to make sure they close the door," she said.

Over spring break in March, Allison and her mom, dad, grandfather, uncle and brother sketched a design, bought the supplies and had a small, rustic, house-shaped box with shelves and a door ready to house books.

"We really wanted to get books in the hands of people," Stacy said, "It's been great. I've had conversations in town and people have said they use it."

A young boy came to the house and told her he didn't read, so Stacy said she gave him a book about the Titanic and when he brought the book back, he could tell her all about it.

Approximately 20 people she knows of have already donated books to the library, she said.

"I've always pushed reading early on and I can see how it's helped," Stacy said. "When we see a new book that looks interesting, we'll pick it up and read it ourselves."

Allison said she enjoys reading and has a particular fondness for young adult, romance, fantasy and action books.

"I've picked up on words and I've been introduced to different ideas," she said.

Cindy Akins said she knows the family through church and takes her 10-year-old son to get books at the miniature library.

"In the summer months, the kids love it. We've probably been there 10 times," she said. "I live in Friend, so we'll go get frozen yogurt and go there."

The 18th Street Library has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/18thstreetlibrary

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