Little free libraries come to Xenia


Greene County News



Submitted photos Parker Surls stands next to the indoor Little Free Library located inside his general store at 29 W Main Street, Xenia.


Kathleen Diegelman, Director of TCN Family Solutions, stocks the Little Free Library at 287 Cincinnati Avenue, Xenia.


XENIA — Two new Little Free Libraries have become a reality in Xenia thanks to community partnerships.

A Little Free Library is a structure that lends out books free of charge. They operate on a leave-a-book, take-a-book model.

The first library is located inside Parker’s General Store, located on 29 W Main Street. The second library is an outdoor location on the property of TCN Family Solutions at 287 Cincinnati Avenue. Both locations’ structures were provided through the partnership of Altrusa Club of Xenia with Third Story Literacy Project, a nonprofit component of Greene Giving.

Third Story Literacy Project is the work of Amber and Ryan Ireland, who co-founded and chair the committee. The project coordinates the efforts of other nonprofits, businesses, and municipal governments to make sure that “people are always within reach of books.”

The first initiative of Third Story Literacy Project is to build 100 Little Free Libraries across the Miami Valley by the end of 2018. The libraries provided to Parker’s General Store and TCN Family Solutions are part of the project.

“People realize the value of books,” said Amber Ireland, co-founder and co-chair. “Providing books for free is one of the most effective ways to improve a community.”

The list of partners involved with the project is growing. City of Xenia, Mike’s Bike Park of Dayton, One Bistro, and the village of Clifton are all amongst the current partners.

“And we’re always looking for more relationships in the community,” said Ireland.

For more information about Third Story Literacy Project, visit their website, www.thirdstoryliteracyproject.org/

Submitted photos Parker Surls stands next to the indoor Little Free Library located inside his general store at 29 W Main Street, Xenia.
http://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/07/web1_LittleLibrary1.jpgSubmitted photos Parker Surls stands next to the indoor Little Free Library located inside his general store at 29 W Main Street, Xenia.

Kathleen Diegelman, Director of TCN Family Solutions, stocks the Little Free Library at 287 Cincinnati Avenue, Xenia.
http://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/07/web1_Diegelman.jpgKathleen Diegelman, Director of TCN Family Solutions, stocks the Little Free Library at 287 Cincinnati Avenue, Xenia.

Greene County News

Story courtesy of Third Story Literacy Project.

Story courtesy of Third Story Literacy Project.