SwedishAmerican Foundation Opens Four Little Free Libraries

The SwedishAmerican Foundation is excited to announce that it has opened four Little Free Libraries around the SwedishAmerican Hospital campus and its surrounding neighborhoods. Little Free Libraries are an international movement where people place small, weather proof boxes in their communities. These boxes are stocked with books which are free to the public to take and return. The hope is that when someone takes a book, they will return it or replace it with another book. There currently are over 36,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world.

The SwedishAmerican Foundation’s Little Free Libraries will be located in the following areas:

•Keith Creek Neighborhood; two libraries located in the 900 block of 15th Street, Rockford

•Beattie Playground (Jackson Oaks Neighborhood); 1500 block of Rural Street, Rockford

•Strong Neighborhood House; 1233 Revell Avenue, Rockford

In addition to the SwedishAmerican Foundation, East High School’s construction trade class also helped with the project. Two students helped build the libraries. The project allowed for the students to learn basic construction and carpentry skills, such as woodworking and using construction tools.

SwedishAmerican is committed to caring for the community, particularly the neighborhoods surrounding our campus,” said SwedishAmerican Foundation Director Laura Wilkinson. “We’re extremely excited for our local community members and staff members to have access to these free miniature libraries at all times. Promoting literacy in Rockford is very important and this is one way the Foundation can help.”

For more information about the SwedishAmerican Foundation’s Little Free Libraries, please call (779) 696-2496.

For further information, contact:

Katryna Kirby