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Arlington’s Little Free Libraries Love of reading inspires Al Lehman to build free book exchanges

ARLINGTON — The Arlington Times has served the local community for more than 120 years, and this week it’s returning to its roots. The Haller City Times originally published on Saturdays, and even after it became The Arlington Times it maintained its Saturday publication date until 1916 when it moved to Thursdays. The Arlington Times continued to publish on Thursdays through the mid-1970s when it shifted to the Wednesday publication date that it’s maintained since, until it debuted its return to Saturday distribution on Oct. 5. “We believe the Saturday distribution is more advantageous to our readers, specifically because it gives them more time to spend in our pages over the weekend reading our hyper-local news stories,” said Paul Brown, publisher of The Arlington Times. “It also allows us to support more advertisers with sales that are breaking that weekend. Our readers will receive more timely information, not only on those weekends’ sales, but also in our news stories.” Brown envisions The Arlington Times as provid-

would be a good thing for the neighborhood,” he said. Little Free Libraries began in 2009 when a Wisconsin man named Todd Bol built a model of a schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a teach-

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mates will amount to 15,000 free libraries in 55 countries by the end of this year. The idea is simple — homeowners or businesses SEE LIBRARIES, PAGE 23

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er who was passionate about reading. He filled the schoolhouse with books and put it on a post in his front yard. This began a movement that has led to what the Little Free Library organization esti-

ARLINGTON — The Arlington City Council reviewed its 2014 budget revenue options during its Monday, Sept. 30, workshop meeting, and the findings were stark. Arlington City Administrator Allen Johnson pre-

sented the City Council with two letters from the state auditor, the most recent of which is dated Sept. 17 of this year, and both of which note that the city’s financial status is insufficient to sustain its operations. Although the state auditor’s letters acknowledge the significant cuts that the SEE BUDGET, PAGE 2

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Al Lehman organizes books in the Windermere Real Estate Little Free Library in Arlington.

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ARLINGTON — Those who drive past the Windermere Real Estate office in downtown Arlington may have noticed what looks like a smaller version of the building on a post near the street. It is not a tiny real estate agency, but a Little Free Library. Al Lehman, who works at Windermere, built a log-cabin inspired Little Free Library at his home in Arlington Heights. He also pitched the idea to his real estate broker who funded the addition of a library at their offices on Burke Avenue in Arlington. “I really love reading and when I heard about Little Free Libraries, I thought it

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SPORTS: Lakewood soccer tops Coupeville, 2-0. Page 13

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