Thursday, June 7, 2018

Little Free Libraries coming to a neighborhood near you!

The Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County was recently awarded a grant through Consumers Energy to support literacy in our community.  We are excited to include Little Free Libraries in the work to support and help prepare children and families be prepared for kindergarten and school success beyond!

Reading out loud with young children as early as infancy is a wonderful activity that keeps us close and can be continued for years and generations to come.  Research shows reading to a child creates important brain stimulation and engages areas of the brain and help babies form connections and mental imagery.  Children start to learn communication and concepts of numbers, letters, colors and shapes and while having fun they build listening, memory and vocabulary skills.

Great Start Families had a wonderfully successful book drive in May to support the libraries and other literacy events on the way.  To learn more about where families would like to see a Little Free Library we have been working with parents in our play groups and MOPS and we have connected with the Jackson Mayor to learn and talk more about the Little Free Libraries he had worked on.

Locations that are set to receive one of the grant funded libraries are Family Services and Children's Aid, Department of Health and Human Services, The Jackson County Health Department and the Falling Waters walking path.

If you have an idea about a good location for a Little Free Library, please comment below and share your idea.  Any location within Jackson County is welcome and rural community locations where the libraries can be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week are terrific!


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