SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - Getting books into kid's hands. That's the goal of free book libraries in Siouxland.
Officials with the Prime Age to Engage committee have put lending libraries all over the community. While many of them are inside buildings, a few recent ones have been built outside.
The newest ones sit at Covington Elementary and Harney Elementary in South Sioux City. Administrators with the district worked in collaboration with Siouxland Human Investment Partnership and The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters to get these book houses.
"We can't have too many books in the hands of kids," said Becky Eckhardt, South Sioux City Schools Student Services Director. "We do have wonderful public libraries that children can access books. We are trying to get more little lending libraries in our communities so that kids can walk or bike to them anytime they want."
Kids or adults can grab a free book whenever they want, take it home, and enjoy it. Eckhardt said they can keep it if they wish or they can bring the book back and take a new one. And kids are definitely enjoying it.
"We had to work to keep the little library full which is a wonderful situation to be in," said Eckhardt. "We are fortunate we have many books to keep it stocked and we hope that it continues to be a situation all summer long. So that kids continue to check out books and we have to work to keep it stocked."
Eckhardt said their biggest goal is to get kids reading. They want kids reading to their siblings, reading books themselves, and becoming lifelong readers.
Eckhardt said they want to get these books to kids because they know the importance reading has with achievement and academics.
You can find a list of locations to find the little libraries, here.