St. Lucie Reads Little Library program puts a small tabletop library stocked with books in non-traditional locations like doctors’ offices, barbershops, laundromats and business waiting areas to share with children. The books can be borrowed or taken, as long as the kids promise to continue reading them at home. Our emphasis is on letting the children choose the books themselves and on helping them build home libraries.
St. Lucie Reads stocks the Little Library and continue to replenish it as needed.
One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. But 61% of low-income families do not have any age-appropriate books for their kids at home.
In middle income neighborhoods the average ratio is 13 books per child. In low-income neighborhoods it’s ONE book for every 300 children.
We are actively recruiting more locations to host more little libraries. Currently, we have more than 60 little libraries in churches, offices, and organizations countywide. But in a county with over 10,000 local offices, businesses, churches, and organizations, we have a long way to go with expanding free access to books for all children in St. Lucie County. If your business would like to sign up to host a Little Library - fill out this form and we'll get in touch with you to make sure our library is a good fit.
If you’re not a business or organization, you can still help! Share the word about St. Lucie Reads in the community, at your local church, businesses or organizations that you go to and refer them. Or let St. Lucie Reads know of the location you feel will make a good hostess for a little library and we would be will reach out.