Fort Wayne will have more free book exchange locations after PBS39 received a $10,000 grant.
It is being funded through the PNC Foundation’s “Grow Up Great” program through a partnership with Fred Rogers Productions’, a producer of PBS Kids content, “Be My Neighbor Day” initiative. PBS39 used the grant money to purchase ready-to-install Little Free Library kits.
Little Free Libraries are placed in communities around the country so readers can exchange their old books for new ones. Today, there are more than 80,000 in the United States.
PBS39 gifted its new little libraries to six northeast Indiana nonprofits, especially those that serve children. The goal is to give children more access to books, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to have access on their own.
“It can become a challenge for families to provide good quality books and reading to children in our communities,” said Jody Hamilton, Education Outreach Coordinator at PBS39. “By going to our social service agencies who help the most under privileged children in our communities we could partner together with the grow up great program with PNC and really bring our communities together through stories.”
The following agencies will receive Little Free Libraries:
- SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect)
- Lutheran Social Services & Children Villages Early Learning Center
- Youth Services Bureau Huntington
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana
- Family Centered Services Bluffton
- Bridges of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center
To find out more about Little Free Libraries, click here.