LONG BEACH - Curling up with a good book at the beach is now even easier in Long Beach.

A book program that's built on a "take one, leave one" policy is letting people share books on the boardwalk. Book repositories that look like large birdhouses encourage passers-by to take books to read on the sand, and leave books for others to enjoy.

Librarian Tanya Suarez thought it would be a good idea to encourage children and adults to read more. However, readers don't have to be a library member to use the books. They just need to replace the books when they're done.

The four free mini-libraries are on the Boardwalk at Franklin, Monroe, Magnolia and Grand boulevards. They will be taken down in November, but will come back next March.