West Reading will soon be getting a Little Free Library thanks to Altrusa International of Reading Berks. A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. The libraries come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. The Little Free Library that is being placed in West Reading is in the form of a mini-Pagoda. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community.
Altrusa is an international non-profit organization that strives to make local communities better through leadership, partnership and service. Altrusa has a mission to end illiteracy and actively works in the community to make books available to children who may not have access to books or reading. In accordance with that mission, a generous benefactor built the library according to their design.
John Hansbury, owner of Kids Cuts, a barbershop in West Reading eagerly agreed to the placement of the Little Free Library in front of his business. Mr. Hansbury and his staff will encourage their clients to read while waiting for their appointments and even read to their barber. All books will be stamped with the Altrusa International stamp to show their commitment to inspiring literacy.
Altrusa and John Hansbury believe that the placement of the library will work well for the children that frequently come in and out of Kids Cuts, as well as the many passersby on Penn Avenue in West Reading.
A dedication ceremony will take place on Friday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. This will be the first Little Free Library in West Reading.
Little Free Library Dedication Ceremony
Friday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Kids Cuts – 626 Penn Avenue, West Reading