RAPID CITY, S.D. — A local boy scout has partnered with Black Hills Reads to install “Lending Libraries” around the Rapid City area.
Tyrone Ware began the project in March 2017. It involves establishing small book libraries that anyone can easily borrow from and add to.
According to Ware, the endeavor was inspired by his own love of reading, which began as a small child.
“My mom would read to me all the time when I was growing up, and I truly enjoyed this time with her. Reading is a huge part of my life today, especially if I read books that I am really interested in.”
Tyrone says he’s aware that not everyone has easy access to books, and he wants to make sure that those who can’t afford them are able to bring books home.
Kayla Klein, the director at Black Hills Reads, says that the project will help kids that need it most learn through reading.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to help get books into the hands of children that need it the most. Our goal is to get children to learn to read so they can read to learn.”
The next lending library will be installed at South Canyon Elementary School on Thursday, January 17th. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. that’s open to the public.
Black Hills Reads is an initiative to encourage grade-level reading and operates under the wing of United Way of the Black Hills.