The Rotary Club of Springdale has place a Little Free Library just
outside of the front entrance of the new Springdale Recreation Center,
providing a weather-proof structure that makes books available 24 hours a day
to children and families. These visible libraries, placed throughout Northwest
Arkansas, increase awareness of the importance of reading and provide a
gathering place that helps build community relationships.
The Rotarians are helping to create a network of child-friendly Little
Free Libraries where children can self-select interesting books to take home
and enjoy and then keep, return or exchange them. The uniquely designed
Rotary-branded Little Free Library is a two-story unit that stores children’s
books below and adult materials above.
Reading is fundamental, and it will help children achieve to their
potential if they grow up in literacy-rich community environments. Children’s
reading improves when they can select books of interest to them and have these
books in their homes. Children living in families with low incomes have fewer
books at home and achieve at lower levels in school than students from middle
class families. Often lack of transportation, limited hours, and overdue fines
are barriers to using the public library. Students who don’t read books in the
summer return to school further behind than their peers.
Check out the Little Free Library on your next visit to the Springdale
Rec Center at 1906 Cambridge St.