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Little Free Library Announces New Action Book Club Theme ‘Everyday Heroes’
The book club that combines reading with powerful community service projects is celebrating one year, with clubs in fifteen countries
Hudson, Wis. – Little Free Library’s Action Book Club, which blends reading and social engagement, is going strong after its first year. More than 500 groups—and thousands of people—have formed Action Book Clubs in the United States, the UK, Canada, China, Russia, the Netherlands, Uganda, Tanzania, Taiwan, India, the Philippines and more.
Today the Action Book Club launches a new theme: Everyday Heroes, celebrating acts of bravery, character, and kindness that transform our world in ways big and small. A recommended reading list for adults, teens, and children appears on the Little Free Library website with books that reflect this theme, which will be active through July 2018.
“The Little Free Library Action Book Club is a beautiful and important way to spread love and kindness throughout the world, one book and one good deed at a time,” says author Karina Yan Glaser, whose book The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street appears on the reading list.
The Action Book Club invites groups to sign up, read and discuss books together, then take part in service projects to benefit their communities. When Action Book Clubs share their stories online, they can inspire others to take action where they live.
Those who sign up their Action Book Clubs by February 5 will be entered to win a special book package of Action Book Club titles. (Existing Action Book Clubs will be automatically entered.) Winners will be announced by email on February 7.
The Everyday Heroes theme was inspired in part by Little Free Library volunteer stewards who give back to their communities 365 days a year. Little Free Library founder and executive director Todd H. Bol sees the Action Book Club as another powerful way people can foster positive change in their neighborhoods.
“The Action Book Club is a way for us all to be heroes in our communities. Even the smallest action can make a difference, starting a ripple effect of good deeds,” says Bol. “When you share your story, you can inspire others. You can be the story of change.”
Existing Action Book Clubs have generated a wealth of community service projects including:
- A group of teachers and high-school students in Mooresville, North Carolina, read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and then created no-sew blankets for newborns in need.
- A third-grade classroom in Cleveland, Ohio, read Look Where We Live! A First Book of Community Building by Scot Ritchie and then started a school recycling program.
- Neighbors in Minneapolis, Minnesota, read Tribe by Sebastian Junger and then packed nourishing weekend meals for underserved schoolchildren and their families.
To sign up for the Action Book Club and learn more visit littlefreelibrary.org/actionbookclubsignup/.
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About Little Free Library®: Little Free Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Since the first Little Free Library was built by founder Todd H. Bol in Hudson, WI in 2009, the number of registered book exchanges has grown to more than 65,000 worldwide. Forty million books are shared annually through the book exchanges, which are individually managed by volunteer stewards in all 50 states and in 80 countries. In its short history, Little Free Library has received recognition from the National Book Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Women’s National Book Association and others. To obtain a Little Free Library and learn more, visit littlefreelibrary.org.