WATCH | Cape Town couple open 'pavement library' that offers free books to locals during lockdown

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  • The Lazee Library was started after Carolyn Cramer and her husband needed to declutter their garage in Somerset West in Cape Town.
  • The couple decided to share old books with their neighbours for free by placing them in crates outside their home. 
  • Residents are also encouraged to donate their old books.

When Carolyn Cramer and her husband Stefan found themselves with more free time because of the Level 5 lockdown in March, they decided to declutter their garage in Somerset West in Cape Town. 

"Over the years, we have accumulated several books. We realised that we have so many beautiful books that we are unlikely to read again," Cramer told News24.

Instead of selling the used books, they decided to pay it forward by offering the books to neighbours for free.

As soon as lockdown regulations eased, the couple packed the books into crates and lined them up on their pavement. 

Eleven green crates filled with various books, DVDs and puzzles make up what they call The Lazee Library. 

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday residents in surrounding areas are welcome to grab a book. Visitors are also encouraged to donate their old books. 

Jeanine Hawkridge visits the library with her two sons at least once a week. 

"We also try to donate books. So we take one and return the following week with a new book," Hawkridge said.

Local resident Gisela Zoutendyke considers The Lazee Library to be a God sent. 

"We love books and my children have been reading books since they were little," Zoutendyk said.

"We normally go to the local library twice a week, but can’t because it’s shut, so this has been such a life saver," she added.

In order for the book-share library to work, visitors need to adhere to the strict lockdown regulations. 

They wear masks, practice social distancing and sanitise. 

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