Book sheds popping up in Knox County

Little Free Library book sheds are popping up across Knox County with the goal to put more books in kid’s hands and promote active reading.

“However we can think to get books in the hands of kids, that’s what our job is,” said Joetta Gaunt, community literacy navigator.

To participate in the book exchange program, all you have to do is locate a book shed, take a book from it, place a different book back inside and then repeat the process. Make sure you latch the door back so the books inside stay safe from the weather.

Navigators and Mayor David Thompson met in front of City Hall on January 24 to officially open the book shed at that location and fill it with books. Along with City Hall, book sheds are currently located at Barbourville Coin Laundry on South Allison Avenue and Barbourville ARH hospital. A book shed is also coming soon to the Child Protective Services office.

“We’re hoping the children in our community will take part in it. We think it will be good,” continued Gaunt.

If you would like to donate books to the program, all you need to do is place them in any of the book sheds located in Knox County.

This program is paid for by an Innovative Approaches to Literature Grant through Berea College’s Promise Neighborhood Partners for Education.