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Neighbors come together to erect Perham's latest Little Free Library

The Perham area just got another Little Free Library. Aerovilla Road residents (on Devil's Lake northwest of Perham) are invited to a ribbon-cutting for the new little structure this Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m., at its location at the end of Mar...

The Perham Area's latest Little Free Library stands at the end of Aerovilla Road, on Devil's Lake northwest of Perham. Neighbors are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the small structure this Saturday at 4 p.m. Marie Johnson/FOCUS
The Perham Area's latest Little Free Library stands at the end of Aerovilla Road, on Devil's Lake northwest of Perham. Neighbors are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the small structure this Saturday at 4 p.m. Marie Johnson/FOCUS

The Perham area just got another Little Free Library.

Aerovilla Road residents (on Devil's Lake northwest of Perham) are invited to a ribbon-cutting for the new little structure this Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m., at its location at the end of Marion and Donna Gill's driveway, at 40122 Aerovilla Road. Attendees are asked to bring a book to share.

Donna Gill, who helped initiate this latest Little Free Library, said it's intended for everyone in the neighborhood, young and old, so books for all ages are needed.

The structure, built locally by Jerry Guck, was purchased at a silent auction by Gill's neighbor, Jill Abbott. Another neighbor helped install it.

Little Free Libraries are small free-standing cupboards that hold books. Books are left by one person, to be borrowed by another at no cost. A borrowed book gets returned to the Little Free Library, and/or a different book is left in its place for someone else to enjoy. They are found in front of homes and businesses all over the world.

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The Aerovilla Road Little Free Library joins a handful of others in and around Perham, at locations including Calvary Lutheran Church, Hamann Dentistry, Perham Living and Blossoms, Birds and Beyond.

A writer, editor and mom of four (two kids, two dogs), Marie's been in the newspaper business for over 20 years. She started at the Detroit Lakes Tribune in 2017 after working just down the road at the Perham Focus for several years. Before that, she was at the Herald-Review in Grand Rapids, Minn.
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