2nd Grader Brings Two Little Free Libraries to His Community

2nd Grader Brings Two Little Free Libraries to His Community
Posted on 01/26/2018
Max Work at a "Little Free Library" location

PHOENIXVILLE, PA --- Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front‐yard book exchanges number 60,000 around the world in 80 different countries. Thanks to the efforts of 2nd grade student, Maxwell (Max) Work, two new Little Free Libraries have joined the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.

Max knew he wanted to help with local literacy so he went online to find a project he could do in his own community. That’s when Max found the Little Free Library program. He liked that the program allowed people of all ages to share their excitement for reading at no cost. When asked about why he chose this project, Max said, “I like reading different types of stories and really wanted to share that with other people.”

Presenting his plea for support, Max was able to raise $1200 from the Soroptimist of Phoenixville, Pennypacker Florist, and Kiddie Academy Educational Childcare. He also presented in front of the East Pikeland Park and Recreation board to procure both permits and locations for his Little Free Libraries.

After 18 months of Max’s organization and efforts, the two new free, sharing libraries have come to fruition. They are currently available for book swapping and sharing in Phoenixville at 1145 Rapps Dam Road and 2202 Kimberton Road. They are located in front of the Kiddie Academy schools and open to the public.

Max, a 2nd grade student at the Renaissance Academy Charter School, is a resident of Phoenixville where he lives with his parents, Jonathan and Janel Work, his brother, Nathaniel, sister, Arianna, and their two dogs, Riley and Isis. Max’s mother said that she couldn’t be prouder of her young, philanthropic son for the initiative and commitment he has shown. “Not only was this project Max’s idea, but he also prepared his own speech and tri-fold presentation board to use while he explained his case to the East Pikeland board and potential supporters. He was dedicated throughout the venture.”

About these new sharing libraries, which are also sponsored by the Phoenixville Public Library, Max said, “I hope that many people will come and visit the new libraries often.”

The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization which has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association. Reader’s Digest also named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.