The goal of this project is to increase childhood literacy and parent-child bonding through reading.  The project relies on a wide range of community partners to build, install, and maintain miniature libraries that can be easily accessed by the community.  While there are numerous little free libraries throughout Beloit, this project is an intentional effort to make sure that all areas of the city have access to these books, especially children’s books.   

 

This project is in many ways consistent with the goals and expectations of the Little Free Library organization.  They are an excellent resource and we encourage consideration of joining their organization and registering your library. Go to littlefreelibrary.org.

"LITTLE" LITTLE FREE LIBRARY INITIATIVE

Why should we
read?

So before you roam I’ll read a Poem 
 
Why should we read books? 
 
To help our imaginations soar

And let us hear the lion’s roar 
 
Ride on the underground railroad

when many lives were bought and sold 
 
Learn of lives in far-away places

then glimpse our own selves in their faces 
 
See the subtle beauty of a flower

then learn to speak truth to power 
 
Discover how we all can learn to share  

and show what it really means to care 
 
Journey to a galaxy far, far away and wonder if there you would want to stay 
 
Maybe sail in a schooner with purple sails

and sing softly to the smiling whales 
 
Examine long past histories

Study neglected her-stories 
 
Consider why elephants have such big ears  

and what they might remember through their long years  
 
Learn about the truth of climate change  

how we’re making the world so strange  
 
Investigate the mighty Aztecs those most remarkable architects 
 
But you know why you turn pages

and become ever wiser sages 
 
It’s not just the joy of knowing

the awesome future you’re growing  
 
It’s because reading is just plain fun  

A journey begun but never done.  
 
-John Pfleiderer

Executive Director

Point here to find out!

Our libraries (so far)

Horace White Park
Horace White Park

Hosted by Family Services

Vernon Park
Vernon Park

Hosted by Meals on Wheels

Welty Environmental Center
Welty Environmental Center

Horace White Park
Horace White Park

Hosted by Family Services

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Students of Beloit Memorial High School help create 25 library kits

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Staff at Family Services install a library at Horace White Park

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Students at Dance FX help build and decorate a library for a community project

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Children from Merrill School at a ribbon-cutting for a new library

Youth Involvement

Why should we read?

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