Kay Stoffels has been around books nearly all her life, working for decades as a librarian before health issues forced her to retire. So the idea of putting a dollhouse-size library in her own front yard naturally appealed to her, except for one thing: the price tag.
“Money isn’t very plentiful, and I couldn’t afford to do it,” said Stoffels, 72, of St. Paul, who suffers from severe scoliosis.
When Stoffels learned she could set up a library for free, she was thrilled. Since December, she’s had a weather-resistant box stationed near her sidewalk, housing a variety of books, from romance novels to historical fiction to mysteries. And in spite of the “awful winter” that kept her homebound, Stoffels said the tiny library has received plenty of use and helped her feel less alone.