Little Free Library book boxes have always been great community resources, especially in areas where traveling to a brick and mortar library might be difficult. Besides, what book lover doesn’t like the idea of being able to choose free books or donate some of their old books in order to make room on their shelves for new ones? Now however, in the wake of nationwide police brutality protests, Little Free Libraries are also being used to promote racial diversity and social justice.
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After the start of the pandemic, Sarah Kamya of New York returned to her hometown of Arlington, Massachusetts, and noticed that the LFL book boxes in her area were lacking diverse titles. After George Floyd’s death she decided she wanted to help educate white people in her community, so Sarah donated books about black history and culture to these libraries. Thus, the Little Free Diverse Library was born.
Sarah began this project by asking for Venmo donations, then using those donations to buy books by black authors from black bookstores. To date, Sarah has raised more than $16,000, bought over 1,400 books for Little Free Libraries across the country, and has over 11,000 followers on her Little Free Diverse Libraries Instagram account. She has also set up an Amazon wish list for people to donate books.
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Speaking with USA Today, Sarah says she hopes to keep “amplify[ing] and empower[ing] Black voices” through the project, and plans to continue doing so while working full time.