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Mystery behind Upstate boxes revealed

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Little Free Library box in Spartanburg County (Nov. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina) Little Free Library box in Spartanburg County (Nov. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina)
Little Free Library box in Spartanburg County (Nov. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina) Little Free Library box in Spartanburg County (Nov. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

They look like a cross between a bird house and an oversized mailbox, but some new boxes popping up across the Upstate are actually "little libraries."

The boxes are part of the Little Free Library network that was started in 2009 by a Wisconsin man looking to promote literacy and build community.

Sharon Koenig has a box in front of her Spartanburg home and says the library runs on the honor system. "Neighbors take a book. Leave a book. It's entirely self-sufficient," said Koenig.

According to littlefreelibrary.org, to set up a box all you have to do is build one or buy it from the organization and register it online. You can even allow the site to list your box on a map so others can find it.

Cindy Nedved says she put her box up in front of her home in Greenville County after reading about the boxes in a magazine. "I just thought it was a neat way to have a book swap and have neighbors stop by," said Nedved.

Nedved says anyone who wants to check a book out is encouraged to bring one to replace it with and she says you should bring a family-friendly book or one that is clearly marked with the age group that it's appropriate for.

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