FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Sunrisers Rotary Club is introducing a new way to spread the word, or words, by stocking recycled newspaper bins with books. Mini-libraries are popping up in selected neighborhoods and communities throughout the region.
The first mini-library is going to be placed in the front yard of 4391 Dartmouth Street on the West side of Fairbanks. Kip Harmon, President of Sun Risers Rotary, spoke about how this idea came in to action.
"There have been other clubs around the country that have done something like this. About a year and a half ago one of our members saw it and thought, you know, it would be nice to promote literacy in Fairbanks. And the library sometime in the middle of winter is a long way away. How about we take mini-libraries and put them around town in some of the neighborhood and bring literacy a little closer to the families," he said.
The first set of books were donated by the Literacy Council of Fairbanks, but all are welcome to pick up a book and leave one behind.