Mid-Rivers phone booth opens its doors to a world of reading


August 12, 2022

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Rich Schneider along with Leroy, Darin and Travis Schallenberger unload an old pay phone, now converted to a community library, near Wagon Wheel Café in Ekalaka.

While Ekalaka resident Sue Schneider was recently out of town visiting grandchildren, she noticed little wooden and metal boxes with books in them on many streets. All, she says, were very creative. Some looked like bird houses, others like doll houses. Inside were books that had been lovingly read and were now being made available to anyone; books for children, adolescents and adults. Schneider's grandchildren enjoyed picking out a book at home that they had read and taking it to share with other children. She thought it was a wonderful idea.

Schneider was also fascinated by the telephone...

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