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Sea-Tac Airport now hosting Little Free Libraries

SeaTac is one of the first international airports to install little free libraries. Two such libraries are now active at the airport, thanks to the efforts of locals and artists.

According to a port blog post, the idea came from Anika Klix, a former employee at the port. Klix had already volunteered to spruce up little free libraries around Kent. The idea for Sea-Tac Airport emerged last year.

The libraries at Sea-Tac were painted by two Seattle-based artists, Elizabeth R. Gahan and Ilana Zweschi. The libraries are located in front of the children's play area and at the top of the underground escalator.

In their blog post, Klix notes that the port has also signed a Read in Color pledge, "to ensure that it provides and distributes books on diverse issues such as racism and social justice as well as in celebration of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and all marginalized voices for readers of all abilities, ages, and experiences. As an official Read in Color steward, SEA will receive shipments of diverse books at no charge, purchased from BIPOC-owned independent bookstores whenever possible and encourages book donations by BIPOC and Indigenous authors."

Little Free Libraries began in 2009 in Wisconsin. Since then, more small libraries, usually small book cabinets, have popped up in cities across the world. Today, there are more than 150,000 little free libraries across the globe.

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