Friday, July 01, 2016

Book Drive to Replenish Little Free Libraries in Birmingham Set for July 2 at Central Library

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s downtown location is hosting a book drive on Saturday, July 2, to help replenish The Little Free Libraries located in community parks across the City of Birmingham.

You can donate new and gently used books for kids ages 3 to 16 this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Central Library. The book drive is being offered in partnership by GPS Educational Services, which distributes The Little Free Libraries, along with the BPL and the City of Birmingham.

The book drive is designed to help GPS Educational Services achieve its goal of improving literacy by providing new books for youth, said Carnelle Howell, director of community partnerships for GPS Educational Services. It is taking place in the middle of GPS Educational Services’ 100-day campaign to distribute books across Birmingham, and as BPL’s 19 libraries throughout the city host over 500 activities as part of its 2016 Summer Reading program.

GPS Education Services has books in The Little Free Library locations in Maclin Park in Collegeville, Crestwood Park, Central Park, and Cooper Green Park, Howell said. “We go in communities and schools throughout Birmingham teaching kids the importance of reading,” he said.

For more information on GPS Educational Services, go to or contact Howell at (205) 203-8789 or e-mail

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