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March 19, 2013

Jersey City man runs free bookstore six days a week

Owner Anthony Olszewki browses the stacks at Jersey City Free Books. JCFB is a community book exchange located at 297 Griffith St. in The Heights in Jersey City. Books are free to give and take.

Owner Anthony Olszewki browses the stacks at Jersey City Free Books. JCFB is a community book exchange located at 297 Griffith St. in The Heights in Jersey City. Books are free to give and take.

By Hinaa Noor

For four years running, the Jersey City Free Books store on Griffith Street in the Heights has been Anthony Olszewski’s labor of love.

More than 500 books fiction, history, do-it-yourself manuals, you name it are crammed into his storefront rental. And it’s all free to anyone yearning to learn something new.

“One of the greatest things I have experienced here is that people would come in search for one of their favorite (books) and they would end up taking five or more (books) at the end,” said Olszewski, who earns a living fixing computers.

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