‘Free Little Libraries’ promote literacy in area neighborhoods

A small box filled with children's books is now in front of Hamilton Elementary

Kids in one La Crosse neighborhood have a new way to keep up with their reading this summer. The Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours teamed up with other community groups to bring more books to the Powell-Poage-Hamilton neighborhood by installing a “Little Free Library.”

A small box filled with children’s books is now in front of Hamilton Elementary. Rotary Club members said it is a great way to spread literacy in our community.

“The La Crosse Public Library helped identify the location, because of the need for kids to have additional resources available to them,” Mandy Nogle, president of the Rotary Club of La Crosse After Hours, said. “This is so unique, because it’s an independent opportunity for them to go up grab a book if they want.They don’t need permission.”

The “Little Free Library” is built at a height kids can easily reach and filled with books for children age five to 12. The Rotary Club hopes to open more in other area neighborhoods soon.