It’s a grassroots effect to promote literacy in a local community.

Slavic Village Reads is getting more books into people's hands.

One by one, boxes of books have popped up in Slavic Village. The Little Free Libraries encourage people to take a book and share a book.

Shellé Jackson, owner of By The Grace of God barbershop, learned about Slavic Village Reads from a business down the street. And because of her enthusiasm and support, she was surprised with her own little free library.

“I’m so excited, I’m truly am. I’ve been dealing with children for a long time. And to see someone saw it, and I’m able to do more to help them out I am excited,” said Jackson.

The entire student body of Warner Girls Leadership Academy showed up for the unveiling of their little library. And within a matter of minutes all the books were gone… more are coming soon.

Slavic Village Reads is supported by Third Federal Bank and Channel 3. One of the goals is to reach a total of at least 14 Little Free Libraries in the community by the end of the year. A group of young professionals decorated the next round of libraries and book donation boxes.

“We want to get books into people’s hands and expose them to the wonderful world of literacy and reading,” said Natalie Friedl of the Slavic Village Development Corporation.

The Third Federal Foundation purchased all the libraries, making Slavic Village the nation’s first Little Free Library Neighborhood.