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Antigo great-grandmother enjoys front yard library


An Antigo great-grandmother has a library in her front yard and she's inviting everyone to come borrow a book.

"I love it. Just love it. It's like a friend out there. Sitting and waiting. And I watch because I have it fixed so I can see it out my window," said Mary Ann Masterton.

The 88-year-old is keeping an eye on her little library.

"It's fun. It's a lot of fun and actually even if there's no one out there I just like looking at it," said Masterton.

It started as a gift from her daughter. Masterton says her friend Ginger helped decorate it.

Now it is keeping this great-grandmother smiling.

"It's given her a new spark," said Laurel Bradley, Masterton's friend of 25 years.

"It makes her happy and that makes me happy," said Bradley, "Mary Ann has something new to talk about every day thanks to this library."

The rules are simple: you take out a book you'd like to read and replace it with a book you'd like to share.

Mary Ann knows it's catching neighbors' attention.

"They have to make a turn right here at the corner and I can see they stop at the stop light and they look like 'What's that?'" said Masterton.

All kinds of people have stopped by.

"One elderly lady parked her car, got out with a cane, toddered over to the library, didn't stay long, got a book and went right back in her car," said Masterton.

This Sunday school teacher says the library is part of her mission.

"We always teach the children help to make the world a better place. This just seems to me a perfect way to do that," said Masterton.

But she says it's about more than reading books.

"I don't care if they use it. I just want them to go away and think awe, that was nice," said Masterton.

Mary's Little Free Library is just one of about 15,000. The Little Free Library Organization started in Wisconsin. It has spread far beyond that. Little Free Libraries can now be found in 55 countries.

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