Retired prof sets up book exchange in Beaumont

Retired prof sets up book exchange in Beaumont

Dr. Michael Warren — a retired professor who taught biology for 40 years at Lamar University and built state-park style signs to label fruit and vegetables in Nutrition & Services For Seniors’ garden — has set up a free book exchange to promote reading in Southeast Texas. Warren built the library exchange right in front of NSFS’ Senior Activity Building next door to its 4590 Concord Road office in Beaumont.

The library is part of the Little Free Library organization’s “Take a Book, Return a Book” global initiative, which has led to the establishment of 36,000 book exchanges in more than 70 countries, according to Little Free Library’s website.

The library, which Warren built himself, contains mostly children’s books and is open for exchange to the public. The book exchange allows residents access to borrow and donate books at their leisure.

“Reading gives people new perspectives and new ideas about the world around them,” Warren said. “The more they read, the more they’ll want to read. There are many kids who can’t read, and that’s a sad thing. Anything we can do will help them.”

Warren also volunteers his time to teach area adults to read.

For more information about the “Take a Book, Return a Book” program, visit