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Corrales Little Free Library Movement

Posted by Chris Lucas on February 13, 2017
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Corrales LFL Close Little Free Libraries are sprouting up across the MetroABQ, and across the country.

Above is a Little Free Library in Corrales. Just west of Corrales Road, on an unassuming ditch-bank along a tributary to the Corrales Lateral Acequia, sits a Little Free Library tucked discretely along a block wall property line. An acequia is an historically engineered canal that collects rain and river water for irrigating the fields. This acequia, off Perea Road, turns west and then you see it: a glassed-in box set near the wall of a newer home, full of books to borrow, then return, or you can add some of your own. It’s another random perk as you hike along the Corrales ditch-banks, which are important routes for non-motorized transportation.

Major Domos, or ditch-riders, administer the flow of water by opening or closing the acequia portal, depending on time of year and need of the local growers. The image below is one such gravity-chute, which bisects Perea Road and runs parallel to Corrales Road.

Corrales Arroyo

 

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