Pop-Up Libraries around Kutz­town

Help in­spire more read­ers in your com­mu­nity

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - RELIGION - By Ash­leigh Hughes Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary

Do you want to help in­spire more read­ers in your com­mu­nity? Are you look­ing for a fun new project to be­come a part of?

The Pop-Up Li­brary is the newest en­deavor cre­ated by the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary. These small bins con­sist of chil­dren and adult books, which can be found in lo­cal busi­nesses.

The Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary has a pri­or­ity to im­prove lit­er­acy for every­one. With tech­nol­ogy ad­vanc­ing the way it has, many peo­ple uti­lize the li­brary dif­fer­ently then they did be­fore. These Pop-Up Libraries are meant to en­cour­age lit­er­acy to those within the Kutz­town area.

Books pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment while cus­tomers are wait­ing for ap­point­ments, meet­ings, or just stand­ing in line. Every­one de­serves the ad­ven­ture a story brings, so books in the bin are free to bring home and keep.

City Cuts is the first busi­ness to take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity. They use their Pop-Up Li­brary to help pro­mote lit­er­acy while help­ing kids grow their oral com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. To do this, chil­dren are en­cour­aged to read aloud while get­ting their hair­cut. They are even paid $3 that is taken out of the orig­i­nal cost of the hair­cut.

Jonathan Es­cueta, owner of City Cuts, says, “It’s good to see the kids be­ing more into it. We pro­mote pub­lic speak­ing and teach­ing kids they don’t have to be shy.”

“It’s a good look for any busi­ness to not only pro­mote read­ing but the look on par­ents faces when they see their child en­joy read­ing,” Es­cueta ex­plains.

Lucy Muth, a Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary Board Mem­ber, is the ste­ward for Wana­maker’s Gen­eral Store and Al­bright’s Mill lo­cated in Kemp­ton, PA. Since adding their Pop-Up Li­brary, she has seen it be­come very suc­cess­ful.

“They have re­ceived a pos­i­tive re­sponse at both lo­ca­tions. I have to add ten to twelve books a week. It is a great ser­vice the li­brary is pro­vid­ing for our ru­ral com­mu­nity.” Muth says.

The Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary is look­ing for hosts to keep the Pop-Up Libraries in their busi­nesses. Stew­ards keep the bins filled with a fresh stock of books. Hosts and stew­ards help pro­mote lit­er­acy within the com­mu­nity as they en­rich lives.

Busi­nesses can ben­e­fit from peo­ple tak­ing books home with them and en­cour­ag­ing them to spread the word of the Pop-Up Libraries. Read­ing is es­sen­tial to our way of life, mak­ing books ac­ces­si­ble al­lows those who may not have the re­sources to be an ac­tive reader.

It is also a way to con­nect to the com­mu­nity. Many peo­ple love to talk about their lat­est read and what it means for them. Free ac­cess to books is es­sen­tial to keep any com­mu­nity thriv­ing and grow­ing.

If you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a host or ste­ward of the pro­gram, con­tact the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary at 610-683-5820. The li­brary is lo­cated at 70 Bieber Al­ley, Kutz­town.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Pop-Up Li­brary is the newest en­deavor cre­ated by the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary. These small bins con­sist of chil­dren and adult books, which can be found in lo­cal busi­nesses.

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