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The Library Bar and Grill in Tempe, Ariz. is offering to give you free beer if you bring in books for the place:

So far the Library Bar & Grill hasn’t had many takers. Its “Beer for Books” sign gets plenty of attention from passersby, but fewer than 50 beer coupons have been handed out in trade.

“We thought we might give away thousands and thousands of beers, but it hasn’t worked that way,” owner Julian Wright said. For trading in a book, a person receives a free beer, two books gets a mixed drink, and three earns a free menu item. For 100 books, you’ll get a party for 10.

“People are too lazy to lug books down here,” Wright said.

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