Four new Little Free Libraries, sponsored by Becker County Early Childhood Initiative (ECI), have been established in the Detroit Lakes area.
The new mini-libraries can be found at Mahube-Otwa Community Action, 1125 West River Road, Detroit Lakes; the playground at Lincoln Education Center, 204 Willow St. E., Detroit Lakes; the Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School Nature Area pathway just off 4th Street in Audubon; and the fourth, soon to be set up at Becker County Human Services, 712 Minnesota Ave., Detroit Lakes.
Each library has an official charter sign and charter number. The charter number identifies the book-sharing box as a registered Little Free Library at littlefreelibrary.org. A person has also been designated at each location to monitor the Little Free Library's supply of books and overall condition.
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
The concept is to get books out to young children and families with accessible locations throughout communities, at no cost, and to share a larger pool of books with others.
There is amply research and studies that show connections in reading to young children and the children's later reading abilities, cognitive skills, schooling outcomes, and life skills.