My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Little Free Library Ltd, Hudson, WI, USA
I first learned about Little Free Library through the "Rotary Magazine" a few years ago. When I became involved with the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, FL and saw what they were doing for the children of Immokalee through their programs of Early Learning Centers, After School Tutoring and Tutor Corps, I thought that the libraries could be a tool to encourage the little children to read. We know that children living in poverty are way behind in their vocabularies by the time they reach third grade. I found one of five libraries built in Naples, FL for the city parks and that got me started.
So, I decided to provide the libraries along with an initial supply of books through Books4Schools, another Wisconsin organization(I'm originally from WI).
Guadalupe Center received the first Little Free Library (photo). With the partnership with a good friend and woodworker, we have also supplied a number of libraries we built ourselves in Iowa (photo) in addition to purchased ones (cost + freight is expensive).
Several early centers in Collier County, FL and the Quad Cities in IA/IL now have little libraries; also elementary schools in IA and Habitat for Humanity communities in Collier County. Our books are aimed at K-2 children.
We hope we're doing some good!
Mark T Nagan, FL & IA