To celebrate MLK, Jr. Day in Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney led a group of volunteers in creating book shelves called “book nooks,” for a project sponsored by Read by 4th, the local Campaign for Grade-Level Reading coalition.

The nooks, book shelves donated by IKEA, will hold 18,000 books donated by Scholastic Press. Eventually finding a home in barber shops, nail salons and laundromats, the book nooks will operate as local mini libraries. Locations include Philadelphia City Hall, the African American Museum and High Point Cafe. Here's a map of Book Nook locations.

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  • Ditto David's request. We have been pondering non traditional outlets for books and this totally fits the bill. Would love contact information or your approach to get donations.
    Krista Dawson,
    Richmond Public library
    804-646-4147
    • Hi Krista! The lead in Philadelphia is Jenny Bogoni. You can reach her at bogonij@freelibrary.org. She has more information about the specifics. It was my pleasure to share this information, but don't have more information about the details.
      • Thanks Susanne, I reached out! :)
        • Wonderful--please let us know how creating non-traditional outlets for books goes in Richmond!
  • Susanne -

    We would love to do this in Denver. Are you able to give me any information on contacts at IKEA or Scholastic Press that we could reach out to?

    Kindly,

    David Shapiro
    EPIC
    303-319-3350
    • Hi David! The lead in Philadelphia is Jenny Bogoni. You can reach her at bogonij@freelibrary.org. She has more information about the specifics. It was my pleasure to share this information, but don't have more information about the details.
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