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South Range boy's free library so popular, he added another

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SOUTH RANGE, WI -

Inspired by the little free libraries popping up across the country, Stoney Alseth started his own. He called it Stoney's Free Library, and it wasn't long before book donations started pouring in. 

The library started as a shed in the yard of the Alseth's South Range home. 

"We started thinking pretty early on that we were going to need another building," said Randy Alseth, Stoney's dad. 

So, they got one. With help from the Superior Jaycees and the Lion's Club, Stoney added a second shed, making his free library even bigger.

Randy estimates that their books number in the thousands. They've gotten donations by the boxes and gift cards to buy more books. Stoney sells eggs from the family's chickens to buy even more books.

"It's just gotten bigger and bigger," said Randy, "Bigger than we ever thought it would."

So big that Stoney's Library now serves as a field trip destination. Students from Bryant Elementary have visited the library twice this year. 


"It's just really exciting to see [that] for the love of books a whole library has been built," said Bryant Elementary teacher, Sarah Winkle.

Stoney was born with cerebral palsy. He uses a device called a dynavox to speak.


"My library is always open," Stoney said, "I want everyone to be able to have books, so I made my free library."


"There isn't a lot of other things that he can do, playing with toys, and stuff because of his limited muscle control, so reading books is an enjoyable way for him to spend his time," said Randy.

You can learn more about Stoney's Free Library, here
 


Stoney is now ten years old....and his library is now a lot bigger. 

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