Last Thursday, Oct. 27, the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland (NCJW/CLE) held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy in Glenville to celebrate the installation of a new Little Free Library and the transition of NCJW/CLE now caring for and stocking the 76 Little Free Libraries around Cuyahoga County.
Aaryn Matejcik-Krylon Senior Brand Manager with StudentsFor years the Kids’ Book Bank has been stocking and maintaining Little Free Libraries around Cuyahoga County—encouraging young people to grab a book and start reading.
The 76 Little Free Libraries spread throughout underserved areas of Cuyahoga County, says NCJW/CLE board member Debbie Joseph. She says as the Kids’ Book Bank has expanded in recent years, stocking and maintaining the libraries has become more difficult. So, NCJW Cleveland offered to take over the responsibility.
It’s no small charge to maintain these libraries—with volunteers stocking as many as 3,000 books a month around the country, as well as maintaining the boxes.
“They were happy to give them over to us and we were happy to take them,” she says, noting that literacy is part of the NCJW mission. “We took over filling the Little Free Libraries in 2020 when the pandemic started, and in June this year it became official.”
With 66% of Cleveland adults testing as functionally illiterate, according to Seeds of Literacy, and two out of three Cleveland children have no books in the home, the Little Free Libraries are critical in encouraging area kids to read and, hopefully, reverse that trend.
The Little Free Libraries in Cuyahoga County