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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Little Free Libraries at Cincinnati Recreation Centers

The kids can’t wait to start reading their new books!
Recently the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati (LNGC) and Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) unveiled a new Little Free Libraries at the Millvale Recreation Center. The Literacy Network and CRC are excited to announce this new partnership that will provide Little Free Libraries at nine recreation centers throughout Cincinnati. They utilize the “take a book, read a book” mantra and all books are provided by LNGC.

Gary, the mascot for FC Cincinnati, attended the event to meet with children and encourage them to enjoy a summer filled with reading. Other attendees included members of the community, LNGC staff and CRC members.

“Reading is not just a subject in school, it is a fundamental life skill. That is why CRC is an ideal partner for our Little Free library program. Children and families visit these rec centers all year long. As we enter summer, these little libraries are the perfect conduit to providing unlimited access to books for children of all ages,” said Michelle Otten Guenther, President of the Literacy Network.
A wonderful team helps unveil the new Little Free Library in Millvale:  Rosie Gieseke, Maggie Gieseke, Dave Heilmann, Michelle Otten Guenther, Susan McAdams and Kim McDermott.
Daniel Betts, Director of CRC, commented that, “During the summer months, students’ reading time often declines. Our hope is that the Little Free Libraries at our CRC location will provide unlimited access to books and encourage children to become life-long readers.”

The other CRC locations where Little Free Libraries are located include Leblond, Sayler Park, Evanston, Mt. Washington, Dunham, Hartwell, McKie and Bond Hill.

The initiative is made possible by generous grants to the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati which enabled the purchase of 50 Little Free Libraries. The boxes are made by Amish builders for the Little Free Library organization. Thus far, over 80,000 Little Free Libraries have been distributed in over 90 countries.
Literacy Network President Michelle Otten Guenther, mascot Gary of FC Cincinnati and Director of CRC Daniel Betts
Since the Literacy Network launched their Little Free Library initiative in August, 2018, 50 little libraries have been installed and over 20,000 books have been distributed. Through the support and determination of generous supporters, the Literacy Network plans to double the size of this program in the upcoming year.

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