Little Free Library’s Pop Up in Reading’s 18th Ward

Little Free Library’s are being installed throughout Reading’s 18th ward thanks to the 18th Wonder Improvement Association. The association held a dedication ceremony Friday afternoon at the Oakbrook Administration building to share the good news with the community.

Tanya Melendez, local business owner and resident of the 18th ward was on the committee that helped bring the new miniature library’s to the community. “This all started from a study that was done that found we have no library’s in the area or super markets, so we thought we would at least start with the library’s.” Said Melendez.

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After the study was complete, Melendez called up the local newspaper to see if they could donate any extra newspaper dispensers to the association. To her surprise, they offered to donate 18.

If you are unfamiliar with the Little Free Library project, it is a take a book, leave a book community bin. Residents are encouraged to barrow books or donate to the collection. Both kids and adult books are available. In the 18th ward, only 2 of the 18 are installed. One is located in front of the Oakbrook Housing building at 1001 Scott Street, and the second is on Margaret Street.

During the dedication resident Shelly Rosario stop over with her kids to pick up a few books. “It’s really important because at this point kids are over taken with technology. All they think about are tablets. They watch other people read and don’t use there own imagination. It’s important for them to learn new words and expand on what they know.” said Rosario.

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With 16 Library’s to go, the 18th Wonder Improvement Association is looking for more donated books to stock the upcoming bins. If you have would like to donate a book, message them on Facebook: facebook.com/18thWonder

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