Little Free Library unveiled to celebrate World Read Aloud Day


Read Aloud Delaware volunteers and staff stock the new Little Free Library on N. Bedford Street in Georgetown with children’s books. Joining in the unveiling are, from left: Bob Kotowski, who built and donated the library; Carol Johnson, a Read Aloud volunteer and team leader; Jeanne Brennan, Sussex County and State Board of Directors member; and Stacy Penaranda, Sussex County coordinator.

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When Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library in 2009, he may have never dreamed that there would eventually be more than 75,000 of the small book exchanges in 88 countries around the world.

The latest in Sussex County was unveiled Feb. 1 in Georgetown to commemorate World Read Aloud Day and is located on N. Bedford Street, in front of the Read Aloud Delaware offices. The library, fashioned after a little red schoolhouse, provides children’s books and continues Bol’s “take a book, share a book” vision.

Read Aloud Delaware is a statewide children’s literacy program dedicated to ensuring that each preschool child is regularly read to one-on-one. In Sussex County, more than 250 volunteers read to children in 37 childcare centers, preschools and kindergartens.

But research also shows that one of the most successful ways to improve children’s literacy is to increase their access to books.

“We’re hoping that neighborhood children on their way to and from school will stop to pick up a book or two to take home with them,” said Stacy Penaranda, Sussex County coordinator of Read Aloud.

The idea for placing a Little Free Library in front of the Georgetown office came from Patty Bennett of Lewes, a Read Aloud volunteer who regularly visits area classrooms in her role as “Mother Goose.” The structure was designed, built and donated to Read Aloud by Bob Kotowski of Lewes.

For more information on Read Aloud DE, contact Penaranda at (302) 856-2527.