Opportunities for Literacy Through Little Free Libraries

Literacy and the love of reading are important building blocks to promote self-sufficient families and successfully prepare children for school. In rural areas however, access to libraries and quality books can sometimes be a challenge.

Families in rural communities in Pinal and Gila Counties will now have access to 15 “Little Free Libraries,” thanks to financial support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ). These small neighborhood book exchanges, which families can use free of charge, are designed to provide ready access to books, encourage in-home reading and ultimately improve language and communications skills. Little Free Libraries operate on a book-share model, where families take a book out of the library and leave a book in its place for other families to enjoy.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous donation from BCBSAZ,” said Susan Fender, community development director of Pinal Gila Community Child Services (PGCCS). “Being able to initiate this literacy and community building project will greatly benefit beyond just the families that we serve.” PGCCS is a non-profit organization that works passionately to elevate the quality of life for families and promote school readiness for children.

The 15 new Little Free Libraries will be available to the community at these locations: Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Eloy, Florence, Globe, Mammoth, Maricopa, Miami, Payson, Stanfield, San Tan Valley, Superior, Toltec, & Winkelman.

BCBSAZ office locations will accept book donations from employees for the Little Free Libraries during the month of January.