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Little Free Library to Open at Urban Farm

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. will hold the grand opening of a new Little Free Library at 2 p.m. Thursday at Iron Roots Urban Farm. The event will be held at the Mercy Health Foundation Demonstration Kitchen, located at 822 Billingsgate Ave.

The Little Free Library being installed at Iron Roots Urban Farm will focus on farming and gardening books that will be available to all members of the community. It was constructed and donated by Frank Kishel in honor of his late mother.

This project is being implemented in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Youngstown’s 100th anniversary. Plans are to organize and donate Little Free Libraries throughout community gathering places such as parks, neighborhoods, public buildings, businesses, schools, and not for profit locations.

Little Free Libraries have become a community movement across the United States and throughout the world, offering free books housed in small containers to members of the local community. As of February 2013, all 50 states and 40 countries worldwide have been involved in the literary program, and there are over 15,000 Little Free Libraries worldwide.

Little Free Libraries are “take a book, return a book” gathering places where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. They are a way to give free books to children, strengthen literacy among adults, and at the same time provide a “canvas” for public art in neighborhoods and communities.

The location of every registered Little Free Library throughout the world can be found at this website. Anyone interested in supporting the Little Free Library project is asked to contact Elayne Bozick at 330 360 3799 or at emsbozick@gmail.com.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.