In the U.S. today there are 36 million adults who can only read at the level of a third grader. Forty-three percent of adults facing this issue live in extreme poverty, and low literacy limits opportunities that many of us take for granted. Everyday tasks such as navigating your neighborhood, reading medication labels, and reading to your child would be impossible if you did not have well-developed literacy skills.
The Solution Offered by Little Free Library®
The Little Free Library is a nonprofit combatting illiteracy by increasing access to local, free books. Little Free Library motivates individuals and groups to do something that seems simple: to set up a physical book exchange. The resulting sharing of free books increases neighborliness and motivates reading in settings worldwide. These micro libraries better the communities that house them by promoting literacy and creating community around a love of reading.