July 26, 2013

Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood’s little free library event featured on local TV news

The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood held a “little free library” event July 16, where teams of volunteers assembled and decorated six little free libraries to be installed at sites around Cleveland’s Central neighborhood. The event also included demonstrations and a book drive to help fill the little free libraries.

The miniature libraries are designed to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, which is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, is the lead Promise Neighborhood partner.

Cleveland’s WEWS-TV aired a story about the library building event, and posted an article on its website. As seen on NewsNet5.com:

Six new 'little free libraries' built to encourage reading in Cleveland neighborhoods

Hammers were pounding and drills whizzing at the Friendly Inn Settlement House on Unwin Road in Cleveland's Central neighborhood.

Part of its reading fair included building six little libraries. When finished, the libraries will be filled with donated books and placed in different neighborhoods throughout Cleveland.

“It's a self-constructed unit that holds about 30 to 60 books at one time,” said Cleveland Central Promise Director Sonya Pryor-Jones. “It's part of an international movement to really encourage the love of reading and literacy.”

Once the libraries are in place, anyone can take a book for free. The theme is “take a book, leave a book.” There are no time limits of borrowing and returning a book is not mandatory.

The hope is more books will get into the hands of children and adults that have a hard time getting to a traditional library.

“A lot of times people may not have a library card or they might have fines. And so we don't want any barriers to potentially keep children or their parents from reading,” Jones said. “Because we know that reading is the underpinning of a great education.”

The six new libraries will be up by the end of summer bringing the total around Cleveland to 10.
If you have any books you would like to donate or would like more information about the program, visit clevelandpromiseneighborhood.org or littlefreelibrary.org.

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