LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Readers are everywhere, so books should be everywhere. That’s the idea behind the Lexington Public Library’s newest initiative to make reading more accessible to the community—the Tiny Library program.
The Tiny Library program will bring the “take a book, leave a book” concept of book exchange boxes to 50 new locations, starting with the Hope Center campuses on Loudon Avenue, Versailles Road, and Horsemans Lane. The first Tiny Library was unveiled Wednesday in a ceremony at the Hope Center’s main campus on Loudon.
“We work hard to make reading part of everybody’s lives. The Tiny Library project is made to bring books to people right where they are, on the spot, to help foster a love of reading,” Ann Hammond, executive director of the Lexington Public Library, said.
A Tiny Library is a miniature community center for sharing books. It’s hyper-local—right in your neighborhood—and it’s free, easy and fun. Thirty installations will take place this fall in spaces chosen through partnership with organizations such as LexTran, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Parks and Recreation, and the YMCA.
An application process for an additional 20 sites also was unveiled today. Organizations and members of the community may apply for a Tiny Library at lexpublib.org by Friday, Dec. 1. Recipients of these additional instatllations will be announced in Frebrary and have their Tiny Library to install next spring.
We partner with the library in big ways, and today we’re partnering in tiny ways,” Monica Conrad, director of Lexington Parks and Recreation, said. “We hope you’ll get out and play, and read a book.”
Nomi Design, a Lexington firm, donated its time and expertise to design the book exchanges boxes, which are built of steel, wood, and plexiglass with the eye toward elegance, durability, and ease of use.
Sponsorship of a Tiny Library, or several, is available at $250 per installation. To sponsor a Tiny Library, contact the Library Foundation at (859) 231-5557 or email@example.com