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Little Free Library Unveils New Action Book Club Theme: ‘Moving Forward’

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To celebrate, the book club that encourages readers to spread good deeds is hosting a national giveaway.

Hudson, Wis. – January 29, 2019 – Calling all readers ready to make a difference! Today Little Free Library’s Action Book Club, which combines reading and community engagement, launches a new theme: Moving Forward, celebrating growth, resilience, and well-being for all. In honor of the new theme, the LFL nonprofit organization is hosting an exciting giveaway for Action Book Club members.

Those who sign up their Action Book Clubs by February 28 will be entered to win one of several book packages of Action Book Club titles. Plus, one grand-prize winner will receive an Action Book Club-themed mini Little Free Library book-sharing box! (Winners will be announced by email March 5; existing Action Book Clubs will be automatically entered to win; book packages will vary.)

The Action Book Club is perfect for any age group—from elementary classrooms all the way up to

existing adult book clubs. A recommended reading list for adults, teens, and children appears on the Little

Free Library website with books that reflect the “Moving Forward” theme, which will be active through July. Books include In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist, Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams, Rock What Ya Got by Samantha Berger, and (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, edited by Kelly Jensen.

“Action Book Club combines three things that have the capacity to change the world: reading, thoughtful discussion, and community engagement,” says Jensen. “I’m thrilled to have (Don’t) Call Me Crazy be part of the conversation and the work that helps make the world a little bit better.”

The Action Book Club invites groups to sign up; read and discuss books; and then carry out meaningful (and fun) service projects together. When Action Book Clubs share their stories online, they inspire others, creating a ripple effect of positive activity. Here are a few uplifting Action Book Club outcomes:

●    Middle-schoolers in Midlothian, Virginia, read Refugee by Alan Gratz, and then knit scarves and put together emergency kits for refugees in their community.

●    Kids in Potomac, Maryland, read Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt, and then made cards and care packages of healthy snacks for underserved youth in the Washington, D.C., area.

●    An adult Action Book Club in Boylston, Massachusetts, read The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve, and then collected hats and mittens for an organization serving children in their community.

●    A group of teachers and high-school students in Mooresville, North Carolina, read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and then created blankets for newborns in need.

The Action Book Club was established in 2017. There are now more than 1,000 registered Action Book Clubs in 24 countries, including Afghanistan, China, France, and Tanzania. The Action Book Club has been featured in Parade, Martha Stewart Living, Bustle, and others, and collaborates with the New York Times Learning Network, which is providing a curated list of compelling articles related to the new “Moving Forward” theme.

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 75,000 worldwide. Tens of millions of books are shared annually through the book exchanges, which are individually managed by book-loving volunteer stewards in

all 50 states and in 88 countries. In its short history, Little Free Library has received recognition from the National Book Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Book Industry Study Group, the Women’s National Book Association and others. To obtain a Little Free Library, make a donation to the organization, or join us in celebrating ten years of Little Free Libraries, visit littlefreelibrary.org.

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