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Retired Teacher Still Helps Get Kids to Read

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Linda Gutierrez is a quilter, a retired educator and a librarian. That's right she runs her own library in her own front yard. And she's one of a network of them across the country.

"Number 1876," she says proudly.

She's a steward for the Little Free Library Foundation.

"I just saw it on the Internet one day and thought I really should be a part of that," she says. So her husband Chuck built her a small library that looks like a cross between a mailbox and large bird house and she opened for business in June.

"It's been so great," she says. "I just love to see kids with books in the hands and with their noses in the books reading. You can't get along in life if you can't read and this gets kids to do that. It's free, it's close and it's a great way to meet the neighbors."

The idea is that you borrow a book and read it and bring it back. But she is clear to tell kids to take more than one and to keep them if they like them or pass them on. She stocks it by going to local thrift shops.

"I love the Gospel Mission Thrift Shop on Gentry," she says. "Tuesdays I can get books there for a quarter a piece. And neighbors bring me stacks of books so I always seem to have enough. And they come at all hours. I've woken up and found bags or stacks of books donated that weren't there when I went to bed the night before," she says with a laugh.

Gutierrez spent her life teaching grade school and middle school and then moved to administration in the schools. Now she still had hands-on time talking with kids and seeing them learn to love books....all in her own front yard.

You can find her Little Free Library at 4845 South Warren Way in Reno.

And you can find information on the Free Little Library Network, including how to start one yourself at

Written by Erin Breen

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