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Benning Terrace, Highland Dwellings, and Highland Additions now each have their own Little Free Library. 

The Little Free Libraries were built and filled with books by Amerigroup, a healthcare provider owned by Anthem. The libraries, which are small wooden boxes that house books for neighbors to borrow, return, and swap books in and out of, will be maintained by A Wider Circle. 

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. There are more than 65,000 Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 80 countries. Through these libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds

These small library outposts address literacy by increasing access to books and help create social connections and strengthen community ties.

Three out of four people reported to Little Free Library that they read a book they would never had read due to the miniature library in their neighborhood. Another 73 percent said they have met more of their neighbors and 92 percent said their community seems friendlier thanks to their Little Free Library.

A study released by the American Educational Research Association reports that low-income students who can't read on grade level by third grade is 13 times less likely to graduate by age 19 compared to higher income peers. In addition, adults with limited literacy have shown increased poor health affects, the study said.

 

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Last modified: 1/23/2019 2:48:29 PM