"Less than 25% of children’s books depict non-white characters. We believe everyone should be able to see themselves in the pages of a book... books can be a window into experiences that are different from our own. By reading diverse books, we can increase understanding, empathy, and inclusion."
Since launching our 'Little Free Library' at San Damiano Friary in October last year we have had a wonderful response. We see passers by using the library many times daily and a great variety of books continues to be shared. We are rarely short of items, and often keep a reserve box of books that we don't yet have room to share. Recently, we have shown our support for the new 'Read in Color' initiative by signing on a digital pledge wall and posting a sign in our library. "Read in Color distributes books that provide perspectives on racism and social justice; celebrate BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized voices; and incorporate experiences from all identities for all readers." The books we share our simply those that are donated, but we're very happy to support this intention, and to highlight especially the work of the Little Free Libraries 501(c)(3) in making grants to communities with limited access to books. https://littlefreelibrary.org/