Encouraging Literacy with Little Free Libraries

Early literacy skills are important for students to develop. The more books young children are exposed to at an early age, the better readers they will become and the better academic outcomes they will have. One way to ensure that students are equipped with these skills is to make sure that they have access to age-appropriate reading materials. Yet some children just don't have access to book-rich environments, especially over the summer or during other out-of-school times. That’s where Little Free Libraries come in!

If you haven’t seen these cute little houses filled with books (you can find one in your neighborhood), they are places where children young and old can take and leave books and have access to reading materials whenever they want.

These are great places to build community and encourage a love of reading. KBTC loves reading, too! That's why we partnered with Tacoma Rotary 8, Project Child Success and the East Side Family Support Center to build and install a Little Free Library. This library is particularly special to us since it is across the street from Roosevelt Elementary School, where KBTC provides after school and summer programming featuring PBS KIDS content like Ruff Ruffman and Odd Squad. We are so happy to be able to continue to support children and families in this neighborhood and are excited to watch our students grow in their love of reading!

See the video of the process, final product and what it means for the community!

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