It’s National Reading Month! You probably remember your school, local library or other public entity hosting a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on National Read Across America Day, the unofficial kickoff party of the month. But when’s the last time you cracked open a good book or read an entire article? Well, according to an article published by Smithsonian.com, “…just over one in four Americans surveyed in a new poll said that they didn’t read a single book within the last 12 months.”
It’s alright if you’re part of the statistic; we know that life happens and that other things take precedence over lounging with a paperback. The Parks Department does want to encourage you, however, to help change this figure for the better!
How? …We’re glad you asked!
Firstly, remember that you’ve got a wealth of resources through the Jeffersonville Township Public Library! As a Clark County resident, you can register for a library card online or in person, and children under 18 are welcome to get a library card as well (with assistance from parent/guardian)! The library has two locations – one at 211 E. Court Ave. in Jeffersonville, and a Clarksville Branch at 1312 Eastern Blvd. just off Lewis & Clark Pkwy.
Another program that we want to draw attention to is the Little Free Library (LFL). This project is a conjoined effort by the Arts Council of Southern Indiana, the News and Tribune and Schmitt Furniture to promote and encourage literacy in Southern Indiana. As an overview, newspaper racks are designated a theme by their sponsors before being redecorated by local artists. They become one-stop shops for people to drop off and pick up new reading materials throughout Clark and Floyd counties at no cost whatsoever. In fact, we’re proud to tell you that we host an LFL at Steamboat Park! Located at 320 Division Street, this specific unit was created by the Providence Art Club and fits in beautifully with our sculptures.
A full list of current locations can be found here. They’re currently gearing up for their next round of reading racks. If you’re interested in learning more about sponsoring a Little Free Library, or simply want to learn more about the program, click here.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to expanding your literary horizons, the above mentioned being just a few. E-books, yard sale gems, book stores, an old fashion library card – a myriad of options exist! It may be National Reading Month, but there’s never a bad time to get back into old reading habits or maybe even form some new ones!