Washington Heights sidewalk library losing popularity | am New York

By Sarina Trangle

UC - Community Book Shelves

Kevin Klepper voluntarily installs and maintains public bookshelveson the streets of Washington Heights and Inwood. (Photo: Sarina Trangle | amNewYork)

Kevin Klepper has never been a bookworm, but by chance he became a patron to readers — launching community bookshelves on sidewalks across Washington Heights and Inwood.

More than five years ago, a friend urged the general contractor, who is known to enjoy rummaging through garbage for salvageable material, to check out a bevy of books stashed inside the three-bedroom apartment of an elderly resident who had recently died.

Not wanting to toss the books, Klepper opted to place a bookshelf in front of the Starbucks on 181st Street, near Fort Washington Avenue. He stacked it with titles and posted a sign inviting Nomat — a reference to northern Manhattan neighborhoods above Harlem — to drop a book off and pick one up.

Read more: Washington Heights sidewalk library losing popularity | am New York

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