Little libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front-yard book exchanges number 36,000 around the world in 70 countries, from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. Now, the Glencoe Park District has partnered with the Glencoe Public Library to bring the little library movement to Glencoe parks and facilities.
The Park District has installed three lending libraries, which include books donated by the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library, at Lakefront Park, Friends Park, and the Takiff Center.
“When you visit one of the little park libraries, we invite you to take a book home or leave a book behind,” said Lisa Sheppard, Executive Director. “We are proud to join the movement to share books, bring people together at local parks, and create a community of readers.”
“Little libraries are a wonderful way to support literacy and literature in general. They are a natural extension of what public libraries do. We’re delighted to collaborate with the Park District and the Friends of the Glencoe Public Library in this endeavor,” said Glencoe Public Library Executive Director Andrew Kim.
With the rise in social media usage, a lot of people both young and old are spending large amounts of their free-time in front of a screen. “We hope Glencoe’s little park libraries will inspire families with opportunities to unplug and spend important quality time together,” said Sheppard.
The benefits of both reading and recreation on a young child are immeasurable: from increased school success and literacy skills to enhanced self-esteem, developments in self-awareness, to gains in confidence. “Pairing a visit to the park with reading is a natural partnership for the Park District and the Glencoe Public Library. The little park libraries promote family togetherness, child development, and life-long learning,” said Sheppard. “We hope the whole community will enjoy their little park libraries.”