Ivy Tech building community by launching ‘Little Free Libraries’

April 15, 2013                                        

Ivy Tech building community by launching ‘Little Free Libraries’

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, as part of a nationwide movement and inspired by last week’s O’Bannon Institute for Community Service, has built three “Little Free Libraries” for sharing books among the community. The movement is a worldwide one, as far as Germany and Afghanistan.

“Little Free Libraries” are miniature libraries in weatherproof boxes placed throughout communities for making books more accessible, and encouraging literacy. 

“All of our books will be donated, both children’s and adult books,” said Chelsea-Rood Emmick, Executive Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Ivy Tech-Bloomington. “The libraries are made of scrap materials and cost us literally nothing, except for some paint to decorate them. The idea is to promote the love of reading everywhere.”

Ivy Tech has built three ‘Little Free Libraries’ and currently has homes for all of them. They will be placed at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Community Kitchen-Crestmont, and Middle Way House.

Residents are encouraged to borrow and donate books, or build and decorate their own “Little Free Libraries” among the community.

More information about Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s Center for Civic Engagement at www.ivytech.edu/civicengagement.

More information about the “Little Free Libraries” movement at www.littlefreelibrary.org.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.