Mailbox libraries coming to Las Cruces neighborhoods

Mailbox libraries coming to Las Cruces neighborhoods
Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 9:44pm

A new kind of library is coming to Las Cruces, and you won't even have to step inside a building to visit it.

It's called a little free library. The concept began in Wisconsin in 2009 and continues to spread. There are already a handful of little free libraries here in El Paso.

The libraries resemble a mail box or bird house, and they're placed in central locations where people can either leave or take a book. Two New Mexico State University faculty members are spearheading the project in Las Cruces after seeing the libraries in other cities.

"We thought what a cool idea. You just build a box, put in your neighborhood or park and there's books in there and people come and take a book and return it somewhere else," said David Rutledge, with NMSU's College of Education.

Students at Mesilla Valley Alternative Middle School are building the libraries, but they need supplies like recycled wood and other building materials.

To donate materials or books to the project, contact John Arguello at or 575-527-6059 or Rutledge at or 575-646-5411.

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