Little Free Library unveiled in west Columbus to encourage reading among kids


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kids in west Columbus are now seeing a big blue box sitting in the lobby of the J. Ashburn Jr. Clubhouse of the .

体育投注“It’s a whole community approach to making the community better,” says Agent Dan Leeper with the FBI Cincinnati Field Division. “Having better young readers is a great solution to having better young citizens."

体育投注The blue box is the newly-installed , part of a world-wide movement to encourage reading. Recent research by the Department of Justice has shown low literacy is strongly connected to crime and delinquency. Through reading, communities can stop delinquency issues before they start.


Leeper was among nearly a dozen people who held a “book-opening ceremony” for the new Little Free Library, which was donated Friday to the clubhouse by the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association of Cincinnati and Columbus.

体育投注CrimeTracker10's Angela An, who is also morning news anchor for 10 This Morning, is a longtime alumni member.


体育投注“Up until now, Columbus and Cincinnati, the outreach has really been in the business community,” says Betsey Krause, an alumni member. “Bringing a positive impression of the FBI at a young age is an important way to help kids get off on the right track."

The Little Free Library works like this: donate a book or take a book, all for free. It’s that simple.

Monisa Mason, director of the club in the Hilltop area of west Columbus, says there are unfortunately some children who don’t have access to books as readily as others.

体育投注“It is my hope the new Little Library will continue to encourage and empower our kids, giving them confidence and desire to read," she said.

If you would like to donate books for this effort or have additional questions about this project, please contact the Alumni Association at

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) office at 1169 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH 43215 is accepting book donations.