|Public Works installed the second little library in front of the Lehi Community Center.
|Community Installs Two “Little Free Libraries” for Kids
|By Jessica Joaquin
|Au-Authm Action News
We all know that southern Arizona has a tendency to reach triple digits during summertime. With school out, many children keep cool by hanging out at the movies, splash pads, water parks or just playing garden-hose games at home.
This summer they have another option: Kids in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community can now embark on many different adventures with a quick trip to one of two Little Free Libraries now available in Community neighborhoods.
On May 9, the SRPMIC Public Works Department installed two Little Free Libraries, one at the Red Mountain Boys and Girls Club in Salt River and the other at the Lehi Community Center. These freestanding small structures measure approximately 2 feet wide by 3 feet tall and are stuffed with brightly colored books ranging in reading level from pre-K to grade 12.
“Little Free Libraries” is a nationwide movement; the idea is to encourage people to read, share books and promote literacy. Visitors to the libraries are encouraged to “take a book, leave a book,” operating on an exchange system. A child may take and keep a book if he or she wishes.
About 100 Little Free Libraries exist throughout the Valley. Salt River Devco helped raise money for 10 of the libraries; two of them were reserved for the SRPMIC. The Community libraries are the result of a joint effort between Salt River Devco and Southwest Human Development, a nonprofit organization dedicated to early childhood development. Donations were provided by Salt River Materials Group, Salt River Devco, Nextiva Inc., Kitchell Companies, Clear Channel Outdoor, Artex Risk Management, Humana Health, Walmart, Fry’s Food & Drug, Valley Leadership’s Class 37-Group 3, and SRPMIC Public Works.
Southwest Human Development and Humana Health will monitor the libraries and keep replenishing books as needed. For more information, visit www.swhd.org or littlefreelibrary.org.