With the Neosho-Newton County Library closed for a major renovation project, area readers seeking another outlet to find reading material without spending money may find the answer with one of several Little Free Libraries in the region.

With the Neosho-Newton County Library closed for a major renovation project, area readers seeking another outlet to find reading material without spending money may find the answer with one of several Little Free Libraries in the region.
A Little Free Library doesn't require a library card and there are no late fines. All that is asked to make the system work is that a book is returned for every book taken. If a reader loves a book, then he or she doesn't have to bring it back, face late fees, or have to pay for the title. He can simply return another book in place of the one that is kept.
The first Little Free Library was started by Tod Bul in Hudson, Wisc., as a tribute to his mother in 2009. Soon, his idea caught attention and the organization was founded. Now there are Little Free Libraries throughout the United States and the world.
There's one in Neosho, at 335 S. Wood in front of Underwood and Associates, founded by Debra Underwood. There is also one in Granby in the former Treehouse location. Although the location is currently being remodeled by the Granby Police Department, the library will stay and Chief Kelley has added some children's books at that location. Another Little Free Library is located in Anderson at 103 West Beaver Street. In Monett, the Little Free Library is on Southgate Avenue.
The selection of books varies at each location and changes as readers choose a book, then leave another.
The major renovation at the Neosho-Newton County Library is well underway and the facility will remain closed until all books are back on the shelves, all safety hazards have been removed and the project is completed. Plans call for the library to reopen some time in May. The Seneca Branch Library remain open.  Library card holders continue to be able to utilize the Missouri Libraries 2 Go program through Overdrive using their library card number. Overdrive can be accessed through the Neosho-Newton County library site or visited online at https://molib2go.overdrive.com/.
Little Free Library is a 501 nonprofit organization that aims to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.