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The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society adds a Little Free Library at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge

A Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" free book exchange

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society recently added a Little Free Library at the UT Arboretum. A generous donor providing the library kit and the staff installed it. 

The new Little Free Library is on the kiosk by the Visitors Center at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge near the Nature Book Trail.

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Find the Little Free Library on the kiosk by the Visitors Center

The UT Arboretum Society is committed to helping children develop a love of reading and nature. Families are encouraged to walk the Nature Book Trail and then stop at the Little Free Library to choose a book to take home with them. The books in the Little Free Library focus on nature.

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The UT Arboretum has a new Little Free Library

The library will be stocked with books suitable for children, many of them with a nature theme. In order to keep it stocked, please leave a book when you take a book.

Both gently used paperback and hardback books are welcome.

Plan to bring your own hand sanitizer to use both before and after selecting a book. The Visitors Center is currently closed due to COVID-19, so restrooms are not available for children to wash their hands.

Contact Janet Bigelow at 865-675-3822 or  janet_bigelow@tds.net for information about book donations to the Little Free Library. Adult books that can be traded into McKay's for credit to purchase more children's book are also welcome. 

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Walk the trails at the UT Arboretum then grab a book

The UT Arboretum serves as an outdoor classroom to university students in a variety of fields. It is also a place that provides a natural laboratory for research in plant uses, insect and disease control, and the management of natural resources. 

The UT  Arboretum's self-guided walking trails system features more than five miles of walking trails .

The trails variation in length and difficulty can accommodate a range of walkers, from the casual stroller to the serious hiker. 

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