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Neighborhood unites around 'Little Library'

Middleton Elementary student Kaylen Schmitt, 8, places the first books inside a Little Free Library installed Tuesday at Woodbury resident Qin Tang's home. Staff photo by Mike Longaecker

While neighbors tended to hot dogs and burgers around Woodbury on Tuesday during National Night to Unite, one neighborhood debuted a brand new feature.

Residents on Golden Eagle Trail gathered Tuesday night outside at Qin Tang's house, where her long-awaited Little Free Library was installed. Tod Bol, the Hudson, Wis., man who founded the Little Free Library project, was on hand to help install the feature.

The mini library -- the approximate size of a large birdhouse -- allows neighbors to leave and take books at their convenience. Tang sought to be included in the project after first learning about it last year.

Among those assisting with the project were 8-year-old Kade Kujak, who helped run a drill, and siblings Kaylen and Brady Schmitt, who placed the first books inside the tiny library.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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