Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and his entrepreneur wife Ayesha Curry plan to open 150 “Little Town Libraries” around Oakland in partnership with their “Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation” and Little Free Library joining with a network of nearly 150,000 tiny libraries.
The initiative encourages neighborhood book sharing and childhood literacy with a goal of bringing 30,000 books to children all over the Bay Area to further push making reading fun and accessible.
The mini libraries will be constructed and maintained in historically under-resourced communities in parts of Oakland, such as East and West Oakland, Fruitvale and Chinatown, with more than 50,000 free books also being distributed in front yards of homes and businesses as part of the program.
“We want to encourage kids to read by making it accessible, fun and inspirational,” Stephen and Ayesha Curry said in a statement. “We hope that these free, book-sharing libraries will help plant the seeds needed to continue growing a culture of literacy for the next generation in Oakland.”
The Oakland Literacy Coalition, the Black Cultural Zone, and the Oakland Public Library. The local non profit will manage the program as well as oversee 50 of the mini libraries funded by initial two-year grants.
The first Little Town Libraries installation for the youth literacy project is launching this spring at Franklin Elementary School. Franklin Elementary has always been a special spot for the Curry’s with a renovated basketball court, artwork by the Illuminaries, as well as a garden.
The “Little Town Libraries” will continue to make a commitment for the next generation of kids where they continue to find ways to impact the youth and give them the proper resources and fun.
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