Ardmore couple opens hearts, books — and more — to neighborhood kids (

“Genevieve Chermside, 10, picks out a book from Margit Novack’s Little Free Library in Ardmore. Novack set up the kiosk stuffed with books for children as a way to honor her son-in-law, Matt, who died in November.” (

The wood post that Margit Novack had someone drill into her frosty Ardmore lawn in April was supposed to be a small memorial to a son-in-law who died of cancer. A bright red kiosk stuffed with books for children to take and enjoy.

But Novack, 66, could not stop at simple... (

Novack is an irrepressibly can-do woman for whom aging in place is always on her mind. She runs a business, Moving Solutions, that helps older people thin their belongings before downsizing out of their lifelong homes. She and Bill, 72, often wonder: Do our own neighbors view us as feeble? Are we the social oddities on a block brimming with young families in twins and modest singles?

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