United Way to Install Free Libraries

And volunteers are needed!

September 25, 2020
kat simons

And volunteers are needed!

In collaboration with community partners and the Rotary Club of Innsbrook, United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg will install six new Little Free Libraries and restock another five across the region. United Way is seeking community volunteers for the projects, which will be held Sept. 23 through Oct. 13

Little Free Libraries work to inspire a love of reading while building community and sparking creativity through neighborhood book exchanges. 
Research indicates that children who grow up in homes without books are on average three years behind their peers who have access to lots of books.

The five restocking events will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and volunteers are still needed for the 
Bellwood Elementary School and Family Lifeline Little Free Libraries. Volunteers will pick up boxes of donated books in a contact-free manner from United Way’s office at 2001 Maywill Street, Suite 201; load up their personal vehicle; and deliver the donations to the Little Free Library location.

The nonprofit will host six installation events across Richmond and Petersburg from Sept. 24 to Oct. 13: 

“Having access to learning resources outside of the classroom is crucial to the development of children across the region, particularly now with so many schools teaching virtually,” said James Taylor, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. “We’re happy to be working with our incredible network of community partners to bring more Little Free Libraries to the area and restocking existing ones with resources for children and families to utilize.”

At the events, volunteers will be required wear face coverings. Contact with other volunteers will be minimized and social distancing will be maintained as best as possible. Groups of 2-4 individuals who feel comfortable being in close proximity to one another are encouraged to volunteer for the installations of the United Way Little Free Libraries. Volunteers will also be expected to sign a liability waiver and photo release upon arrival.