Lufkin woman brings passion for reading to front yard

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A book box is in Lisa Cloonan's front yard on River Oak Street in Lufkin.

She found the unique idea in a magazine and decided it would be a great way to pass on her love for reading to others.

"I wanted to share books so I thought this would be a good idea to put it in the neighborhood," Cloonan said. "I want to share books and I want a child to have a book in their hands."

Cloonan shops garage sales and local thrift stores for gently used children's books and classic tales with her own money.

"You know they may not have the opportunity to go place and stuff like that but they can read about them and just kind of get lost in books," she said.

Cloonan hopes that her unique book box idea will encourage children to come up into her yard, open the door, pull out a book and go on an adventure.

"They can pick up a book," Cloonan said. "They can take it. They can take it home. They can enjoy it. If they want to bring it back that's fine. if they want to keep it and share it with somebody else, that's fine too."

And the reason for Cloonan's free books is simple.

"Everybody should have the opportunity to have a book," she said.

Cloonan says sometimes  reading gets put on the backburner, but perhaps their literary inspiration is in her book box.

"I hope they find a book that they want to share with somebody else," she said. "Or they haven't found that right book and I hope that book gets in that person's hands and it opens up that world."

You can stop by the book box is at 306 River Oak Street, behind the Texas Forestry Museum to start reading.

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