In collaboration with the News and Tribune, the Arts Council of Southern Indiana has launched the Little Free Library News Rack Project, a project to convert old metal street newspaper distribution boxes into little free libraries that would be placed in neighborhoods in the Kentuckiana Area.
This project will involve the community in an "UPCYCLING PROJECT”. The first boxes were a collaborative program with the Community Foundation of Clark and Floyd Counties, Youth Philanthropy Council Program.
YPC consists of 22 students from High schools in Clark and Floyd Counties. Each year the Council selects a project, and this year they selected the News Rack Project.
The YPC Council raised $1000 to sponsor the boxes which will be matched by The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. Participants in the program helped to promote the project, solicit donors, identify and work with neighborhoods to select sites for the boxes and held book drives at their schools.
The schools gathered over 1200 books for the project. This overwhelming response has necessitated the creation of a Library repository for the books.
The Arts Council requested materials from PC Home Center to turn a room in our basement into a Library repository for donated books.
The repository allows us to categorize and store the books. The books are then available for anyone with a Little Free Library to come and get books to start or replenish books for their site.
This projects objective includes addressing livability with an emphasis on community involvement, environment, new avenues for expression and creativity, and social and civic engagement.