Little Libraries Encourage Kids to Read

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Around the nation, the program "Little Free Library" is encouraging kids and their families to read. This trend is even taking shape in some neighborhoods across the Valley.

Anyone can take a book out of the library and replace it with a new one. It is all based on the honor system.

Julie McClay is a mother of eight who lives right next door to a Little Free Library in Harrisonburg.

She said, the library adds something new to her neighborhood.

"I think it will add a different dimension to the reading, as to where the books are coming from and what different people recommended reading, since the books travel around," said McClay.

She said, her kids usually stop and peak inside the library, looking for a new book to read.

The owner of the Little Free Library, Mary Lou Wylie said, she grew up reading and wants to share her love with others. She said, the library has become so popular, there are always new books, whenever she opens the door.

"The idea of bringing people together, encouraging reading and encouraging discussion of reading, which is a really nice thing to do," said Wylie.

McClay said, with the pricey electronic books becoming popular, she enjoys reading with her children the same way she did, when she was a little girl, with traditional paperback books.

"Connecting through something tangible, which is books. And, different thoughts that people have, and different areas that they are coming from," said McClay.

With several summer months ahead, McClay said she looks forward to spending time with her kids reading, and meeting all the new authors tucked away in the tiny library.


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