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Bring a book and take a book! Cincinnati Little Free Libraries are improving child literacy all over the city.

Bring a book and take a book! Cincinnati Little Free Libraries are those little blue boxes you have seen throughout Hamilton County that contain up to 20 books of any genre and for all ages. Anyone can donate books, and anyone can take books at no charge. That’s right. Everything is free, and the program is self-sustaining.

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More than 400,000 residents in Greater Cincinnati read below a 4th-grade level. Moreover, although Cincinnati has one of the best public library systems in the United States, many neighborhoods do not have a library branch including some communities with the lowest literacy rates in the region. Children in these communities also report that they have never owned a book and did not often have books in their homes.

This is why The Literacy Network advocated for the Little Free Library program in Greater Cincinnati. When the program is completed, more than 50 Little Free Libraries will be installed at individual homes, schools, non-profits and other public spaces.  The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting.  

Below is a list of established LFL’s.

1. Addyston:  91 Main Street, 45001 (Individual House)

2. East Price Hill: 3650 Warsaw Avenue, 45205 (Price Hill Will)

3. Evanston:  1708 Dexter Avenue, 45206 (Individual House)

4. Evanston:  3354 Evanston Avenue, 45207 (Individual House)

5. Mt. Healthy: 2675 Civic Center Drive, 45231 (Hamilton County Math and Science Center)

6. Mt. Washington: 6421 Corbly Road, 45230 (Sands Montessori)

7. Westend: 437 Hopkins Street, 45202 (Individual House)

8. Winton Hills: 5300 Winneste Avenue, 45232 (Winton Hills Academy)

More locations will soon be available on The Literacy Network Map.  

Cincinnati Little Free Libraries serve as a conduit to get books into the hands of individuals who need them the most and instill the importance of reading in every community. At any time, and anyone can go to one of these libraries and choose a book to take home and enjoy. The reader may bring the book back or share it with a friend.  When necessary, The Literacy Network will provide books as needed.

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The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati is recruiting both book donors and Little Free Library Stewarts. Book donors can give a few or as many books as they would like. Call 513-621-7323 (READ) or email Books of all reading levels are accepted.  

Stewards, caretakers of Little Free Libraries, promote the library and makes sure it is clean, inviting and fully stocked. Persons interested in being stewards can apply online.

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The Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati (LNGC) is a champion of literacy for individuals, families, workplaces, schools and the community, by raising awareness, improving access and serving as a catalyst for literacy efforts. LNGC was founded in 1986 and initially served as a referral hotline for adults seeking to earn a GED, learn English, or enroll in basic reading classes. In 1988, a full-time office was established, and LNGC began acting as a coordinating body for adult literacy agencies.  Today, the Literacy Network’s core programs have expanded by developing direct services to help adults and children who are struggling to read.



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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.