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Florence high school student places little free library in Magnolia Mall

Oakes saved up hundreds of dollars from his part time job at the Magnolia Mall, partnered with the mall, who he says paid for half the library, and placed a new little library right in the food court.

You've probably been to a library, but have you ever seen a "Little Free Library"?

If you live in Florence, there’s one right in Timrod Park .

"I just love reading, I want to spread it as much as possible," Zane Oakes said.

Oakes took over caring for the Little Free Library in the Florence park.

"It was empty and I wanted to see something happened to it," Oakes said.

He loved it and he wanted to place more books around the city.

He saved up hundreds of dollars from his part time job at the Magnolia Mall, partnered with the mall, who he says paid for half the library, and placed a new little library right in the food court.

"I wanted to see it kind of on the other side of town as well. Particularly you know near the high school near the mall where people go," Oakes said.

Between both libraries, Oakes has placed about 1,000 books.

"You could walk past it and say this was my idea this is here because of me. It's like me leaving my mark on Florence," Oakes said.

The library is simple, all you have to do is take a book you like, read it, or you can leave one.

"It's supposed to be like a community box where everybody can have something in there for them," Oakes said.

Oakes said he believes books are a way for people to self educate and he wants to spread that around town.

"I hope they find some enjoyment from it. Find a book that will just really let them learn just let them grow as a person" Oakes said.

Oakes says he tries to restock books once a week, but anyone is able to leave one.

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