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Shafter's little free libraries program

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1. Shopping for used books

1. Shopping for used books

A used bookstore in neighboring Bakersfield, Bookhounds, is a good place to find good books at a reasonable cost for Shafter's little free libraries.
2. Shopping for used books

2. Shopping for used books

Suzanne Franz and Melissa Bergen help Cesar select books for the free libraries.
3. Suzanne Franz shopping with kids

3. Suzanne Franz shopping with kids

Retired school teacher Suzanne Franz, of Shafter MB Church, knows how important reading is and so she volunteers with the little free library program. This Saturday she helps Leo, Angel and Cesar select books at a local used bookstore.
Carrying books

Carrying books

A basket helps when stocking the little free libraries.
Free little library

Free little library

As Melissa Bergen restocks the 11 free little libraries in Shafter, Calif., she also prays for the people of the various communities she visits.
Free little library

Free little library

The little free libraries are built by folks from Shafter MB Church and look something like birdhouses.
Helping unload car

Helping unload car

Two girls from the neighborhood help unload "Ms Melissa's" car, a Toyota Melissa Bergen bought to make delivering several hundred books to the 11 free little libraries an easier task.
Library at church

Library at church

The little free library at Iglesia Companerismo Cristiano gets the most traffic of the Shafter's 11 little free libraries.
Library visitor

Library visitor

Genesis by the little free library in her family's yard.
Melissa and Kathy

Melissa and Kathy

Reporter Kathy Heinrichs Wiest, left, listens as Melissa Bergen talks about the partnership between the two USMB congregations that are encouraging literacy in Shafter, Calif.
Painted library

Painted library

Some of the little free libraries in Shafter, Calif., are colorfully painted.
Reading to big brother

Reading to big brother

Genesis proudly says the dress colors the princesses are wearing.
Replenishing a library

Replenishing a library

Melissa Bergen and her helpers replenish one of the 11 little free libraries in Shafter, Calif.
Restocking library

Restocking library

Leo restocks one of the 2'X 2' libraries.
Restocking library

Restocking library

Restocking another little free library.
Shafter Education Partnership

Shafter Education Partnership

David Franz, second from right, shares books purchased by the City of Shafter at a discounted rate through First Book, a nonprofit organization, with Melissa Bergen who oversees the little free library program.
Sorting books

Sorting books

Extra hands are welcome as the children prepare to restock neighborhood libraries.
Stocking a library

Stocking a library

Restocking one of Shafter's 11 free little libraries.
Stocking Melissa's library

Stocking Melissa's library

Melissa Bergen and her helpers stock the free little library by her apartment in Shafter, Calif.
Stocking the church's free little library

Stocking the church's free little library

Cesar and a friend add new books to the free little library on the Companerismo Cristiano church property.
Too good to put down

Too good to put down

Proof that reading can be addictive, Cesar can't put down a new book.
Unloading books

Unloading books

Melissa Bergen's car is regularly loaded with more than 200 books.
Unloading car

Unloading car

The convenient rear compartment and swinging back door making loading and unloading 200 books a bit easier.

Shafter's little free libraries program

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1. Shopping for used books

1. Shopping for used books

A used bookstore in neighboring Bakersfield, Bookhounds, is a good place to find good books at a reasonable cost for Shafter's little free libraries.
2. Shopping for used books

2. Shopping for used books

Suzanne Franz and Melissa Bergen help Cesar select books for the free libraries.
3. Suzanne Franz shopping with kids

3. Suzanne Franz shopping with kids

Retired school teacher Suzanne Franz, of Shafter MB Church, knows how important reading is and so she volunteers with the little free library program. This Saturday she helps Leo, Angel and Cesar select books at a local used bookstore.
Carrying books

Carrying books

A basket helps when stocking the little free libraries.
Free little library

Free little library

As Melissa Bergen restocks the 11 free little libraries in Shafter, Calif., she also prays for the people of the various communities she visits.
Free little library

Free little library

The little free libraries are built by folks from Shafter MB Church and look something like birdhouses.
Helping unload car

Helping unload car

Two girls from the neighborhood help unload "Ms Melissa's" car, a Toyota Melissa Bergen bought to make delivering several hundred books to the 11 free little libraries an easier task.
Library at church

Library at church

The little free library at Iglesia Companerismo Cristiano gets the most traffic of the Shafter's 11 little free libraries.
Library visitor

Library visitor

Genesis by the little free library in her family's yard.
Melissa and Kathy

Melissa and Kathy

Reporter Kathy Heinrichs Wiest, left, listens as Melissa Bergen talks about the partnership between the two USMB congregations that are encouraging literacy in Shafter, Calif.
Painted library

Painted library

Some of the little free libraries in Shafter, Calif., are colorfully painted.
Reading to big brother

Reading to big brother

Genesis proudly says the dress colors the princesses are wearing.
Replenishing a library

Replenishing a library

Melissa Bergen and her helpers replenish one of the 11 little free libraries in Shafter, Calif.
Restocking library

Restocking library

Leo restocks one of the 2'X 2' libraries.
Restocking library

Restocking library

Restocking another little free library.
Shafter Education Partnership

Shafter Education Partnership

David Franz, second from right, shares books purchased by the City of Shafter at a discounted rate through First Book, a nonprofit organization, with Melissa Bergen who oversees the little free library program.
Sorting books

Sorting books

Extra hands are welcome as the children prepare to restock neighborhood libraries.
Stocking a library

Stocking a library

Restocking one of Shafter's 11 free little libraries.
Stocking Melissa's library

Stocking Melissa's library

Melissa Bergen and her helpers stock the free little library by her apartment in Shafter, Calif.
Stocking the church's free little library

Stocking the church's free little library

Cesar and a friend add new books to the free little library on the Companerismo Cristiano church property.
Too good to put down

Too good to put down

Proof that reading can be addictive, Cesar can't put down a new book.
Unloading books

Unloading books

Melissa Bergen's car is regularly loaded with more than 200 books.
Unloading car

Unloading car

The convenient rear compartment and swinging back door making loading and unloading 200 books a bit easier.