Seminole Heights has a Neighborly Book Exchange
A couple decided to turn their corner into a friendly hub for book lovers.
Being lovers of the written word here at Patch, we couldn't help but highlight one of the happiest corners in Seminole Heights.
If you've ever rounded the corner at Branch Avenue and Lambright Street and spotted a shabby chic bookshelf with a peaked roof and an eclectic collection of novels, biographies and textbooks, here's what it's all about:
About a year ago, Seminole Heights residents Kathy Morris and Kelly Benjamin decided to bring an idea they'd spotted in a magazine in Portland, OR, to their neighborhood.
They placed a bookshelf outside their front yard fence, tacked on a roof to keep the pages dry during light rainfall, and propped up a colorful hand-painted sign reading "Book Exchange."
Many of the tomes come from the couple's own collection of used books. Some were dropped off by neighbors who traded them out for books left by others.
When it rains, the books stay "surprisingly dry," Morris said, adding that she has sometimes rushed outside to pull in the books during heavier storms.
Not long after the couple erected their corner book exchange, they began to notice people spending time there, chatting up their fellow book lovers. The bookshelf had become a conversation "hub" for the neighborhood, Morris said.
"We had a new neighbor tell us once that one of the reasons they moved here was because after they saw our corner they knew it was a 'cool' neighborhood," Morris said.