Rocking Horse Center is pleased to be the home of the first installed “Little Library” in Springfield!
The concept of providing books for children is nothing new to us here at Rocking Horse Center! Through our Reach Out and Read Program, we proudly talk to our patient families about the importance of reading and offer books for children to take home if they choose. In addition to the book donations filling our Pediatric lobby and patient rooms, we are proud to inform you that Rocking Horse Center has been chosen as the adoptive family for one of the “Little Libraries”.
The “Little Library” is an initiative of Project Jericho, in collaboration with the Springfield City School District’s Learning Café. These organizations worked to support families and community literacy through the building of six all-weather mini wooden houses called “Little Libraries”. Sponsors of the houses have been chosen and they are being placed in different locations throughout the city.
Rocking Horse Center is happily serving as the new home of the “Little Library” designed and built by the Paul family. The “Little Library” has been installed in the landscaping to the south of the Pediatrics building. It is right off the walkway and placed underneath a light for safety. The Little Library will hold books that children in the community may borrow and return. Each book will have a sticker designating it as a “Little Library” book and will list all the “Little Library” locations. Children may borrow from any “Little Library” and return their books to any “Little Library”. Families are also encouraged to drop off any new or used books their children have already read to share with others.
We are all hopeful that this initiative will be successful and prove that good neighbors and citizens fill our community.
If you get a chance – please stop out and take a look!