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First Person: 12-year-old Luke Quezada spreads the love of books

First Person Luke Quezada

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Twelve-year-old Luke Quezada, a seventh grader at South Pasadena Middle School, built a book swap stand outside his family's South Pasadena home.

First Person Luke Quezada

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Luke Quezada with some of the books at his book swap stand.

First Person Luke Quezada

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Quezada looks through some of the books on display at his book swap stand.

First Person Luke Quezada

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Luke Quezada's front yard book swap stand.


Twelve-year-old Luke Quezada is a 7th grader at South Pasadena Middle School. He hit upon the idea of taking some discarded material in his family's backyard and transforming it into what he calls a "book swap library."  People come by and drop off books and take books. While library books have to be returned, "here you can keep it," he says, adding, "not only are you getting a book, you're also helping the community."

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