SUBMITTED — A miniature lending library was installed at the Mobile County Training School courtyard Thursday. Part of a growing trend of free community lending libraries, the
dollhouse-size “book nook” will serve middle school students in the Plateau neighborhood. The book cupboard was hand-crafted by John Moses, owner of Bay Chevrolet in Mobile.

“It combines two great joys of mine—woodworking and a lifelong passion for reading,” said Mr. Moses. Principal Rashad Stallworth added, “We are happy to partner with John Moses and Bay Chevrolet to bring a unique access to reading to our students and their community.”

Thousands of the little lending libraries have popped up in neighborhoods and communities across the country. The concept is simple: readers browse the books, take one, and return later with a replacement. According to the U.S. Department of Education, up to 61% of low-income families do not have any books for their kids at home. The books at the MCTS book nook are specially selected for middle school reading levels. Three out of four readers report they’ve discovered books they would not have read otherwise.