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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Little Free Library placed at Springdale Recreation Center

Little Free Library

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. 

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