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Little Free Libraries

They look like big birdhouses, but they actually provide a space where local communities can exchange books.
I thought this was a nifty idea. This kind of free exchange space also works well with clothing, too -- they used to have a closet outside the food stamp office which served this purpose, and it was fun to peruse and add to their collection on occasional visits. You knew when you left your clothes there you were helping people who truly needed it.

 http://nhne-pulse.org/little-free-libraries/