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Little Free Library at Eagle Butte serves the people

EAGLE BUTTE –– A bustling, crowded residential street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A rural ranch road in Montana. A quiet, tree-lined street in Eagle Butte. What do all of these seemingly different areas have in common? They each provide a gift to their communities, courtesy of Little Free Library, an international organization whose purpose, according to its website at, is “building community, sparking creativity and inspiring readers.”

Keith Annis, of Eagle Butte, has joined in this inspiring mission. With the help of a friend who’s a carpenter, built and erected the wooden structure, located on Frontier Street and just down the road from Eagle Butte Storage, that now serves as a gateway to the adventurous world of books. In addition to providing details on how to start and maintain a little free library, the website also includes a frequently-updated world map of such libraries and Annis has now placed his own contribution on the map.

Readers may choose a book from the library; the only request Annis makes is a limit of one book per visit. Those using the library may also contribute books, which has led to a wide variety of interesting reading material; Nora Roberts and Barbara Kingsolver are among authors represented.

Children may also get the scoop on dinosaurs and beavers, as well as Pinocchio, among many other children’s books. Hoping to further entice young readers and encourage their love of reading, Annis includes small toys in the library.

A wooden bench sits invitingly next to the library, which adds an air of encouragement of reading, luring library users to browse and take their time enjoying the library’s offerings.

Annis’s love of reading began early in his life as his mother, Melissa Annis, was a long- time librarian, including serving many years at the CEB elementary school. He hopes to further honor her memory by soon erecting a painted sign for the library, which will be dedicated to her.

Eagle Butte may not have its own bookstore, but it is very fortunate to now have two resources for obtaining and enjoying the wide world of books: the Dakota Club Library and now its own Little Free Library.

(Contact Lisa Lynott- Carroll at

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