The Ozark Literacy Council, in collaboration with NWA American Institute of Architects, and the Fay Jones School of Architecture present:
Little Free Library: Building Literacy. Building Community.
Join us to bring architecturally designed Little Free Libraries to Washington County, Arkansas. Little Free Libraries are part of a worldwide movement that offer free books housed in small containers to members of the local community. Utilizing their “take a book – return a book” approach, these libraries act as gathering sites where neighbors and visitors share their favorite literature and stories. They strengthen community and foster discovery, curiosity, and a love of reading for all ages. Here is your opportunity to have your very own custom-built, architecturally designed Little Free Library. Imagine how these might create new interactions with the public in your community. They promote great public design and stronger communities with education and access.
The Little Free Library movement began in 2009 by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks with a handful of Little Libraries built and installed in Wisconsin. The libraries quickly grew in numbers and popularity and led to the establishment of Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote a sense of community, reading for children, literacy for adults, and libraries around the world. Today it is recognized as a global, grassroots movement that comprises about 25,000 Little Free Libraries worldwide!
PLUS, your library comes with a box of books donated by the University of Arkansas Press and our surrounding community!
Sponsorship levels range from $6,000 to $3,000. $500 of the professional design sponsorship goes to the designer/builder for the supplies and construction of the Little Free Library. A portion of the both sponsorships covers the permanent plaque and official registration with LittleFreeLibrary.org.
Where should I locate my Little Free Library?
The placement of the library is up to the sponsor as City permits allow. We have a list of recommended locations that would benefit the community such as homeless shelters, senior centers, neighborhoods, hospitals, medical clinics, and bus stops just to name a few!
Who will maintain my Little Free Library?
As the sponsor, you have full ownership of your Little Free Library. You may choose to designate a steward who will keep an eye on the library and restock it as needed or you may prefer to have one of OLC’s volunteer stewards maintain your library. There are also a ton of great resources for maintaining your library that can be found at littlefreelibrary.org.
For other questions pertaining to your Little Free Library, please visit littlefreelibrary.org/faqs.
To become involved please contact us directly:
Margot Jackson Lemaster
Ozark Literacy Council
Proceeds from the project will support OLC’s educational and outreach programs. OLC is a nonprofit organization that has been providing literacy and language services to adults in Northwest Arkansas for over 50 years.
The Ozark Literacy Council’s mission is to improve people’s lives through expanding and promoting literacy within the community. OLC provides free Adult Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) services with four levels of tutoring and classes that include curriculum in language, civic, financial, health, and workforce literacy. In addition to its Fayetteville location, OLC is expanding their services by providing new programs at the Springdale Public Library and with Tyson Foods.