Edgewater Reads - "Little Free Libraries" Community Build

Date: 07/18/2015

Time on Site: 5.0 Hours

Location: Senn High School, Chicago IL

Total Cost: 726.55 Dollars (View Expense Report)

  • 353.00 Donated by Community Members
  • 373.55 Donated by the OHP

Donation Summary: Building Supplies for 15 Little Free Libraries

Project Summary:  Two years ago we had the opportunity to begin working with Edgewater Reads.  We are happy to announce our continued involvement in the movement to bring free and accessible Little Free Libraries to the Edgewater neighborhood.  Check out the additional build days on our project page and stay tuned for more info.

"From the original post 10/20/2013"

Originally created as part of the 48th Ward Master Plan to hype the grand opening of the Edgewater Branch of the Chicago Public Library and promote literacy, the Edgewater Reads program has grown into a full-blown campaign to put books, reading and literacy initiatives at the forefront of the Edgewater community.  Edgewater Reads operates out of Ald. Harry Osterman’s 48th Ward office with the help of volunteers and passionate readers in the community.

As one part of the Edgewater Reads initiative, a group is working to create Little Free Libraries throughout the community. In short, the concept of a little library is to open a small box housing books in a private or public location for citizens to read and share free of charge. Working to put Edgewater Reads’ free library stations in consenting businesses, schools, private yards and even high-rises, the campaign’s mission is to encourage reading and a true sense of community throughout the Edgewater neighborhood. 

Excerpt taken from Edgeville Buzz, By: Samantha Witthuhn (Continue Reading)

Questions or Comments?  Contact:  Karen Dreyfuss at Karen@48thward.org