On Saturday, November 12, at the District 7210 Service Symposium, Rotary clubs from throughout the Hudson Valley will gather at Orange-Ulster BOCES for a District Service Project. Clubs will be assembling Little Free Libraries on site and bringing them back to their communities to promote literacy and make books more accessible to all.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization based in St Paul, MN.  The mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led Little Free Libraries.  The overall concept is to place the Library in an accessible and visible area of the community and stock it with books.  Readers are then free to take a book to read and add books for others.

Today, in the United States, more than 30 million adults cannot read or write above a third-grade level.  Studies have repeatedly shown that books in the hands of children have a meaningful impact on improving literacy.  The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read.  Little Free Library book-sharing boxes play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books in areas where books are scarce.  Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.