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New Little Free Library In Englewood Honors Neighborhood Group R.A.G.E.

"People have been meeting new neighbors, forming friendships. ... The boxes bring people together.

R.A.G.E. Plaza now has a new free library, courtesy of the Neighbor 2 Neighbor Literacy Project.
Jamie Nesbitt Golden/Block Club Chicago
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ENGLEWOOD — Readers now have another little free library to visit in Englewood.

The box for the library was installed last weekend at R.A.G.E. Plaza, 6622 S. Union Ave. Passersby are able to borrow a book for free, with donors replenishing the stock. It’s part of the national Little Free Library program.

The Neighbor to Neighbor Literacy Project installed the box. Nancy Wulkan, who founded Neighbor to Neighbor, reached out to R.A.G.E. about putting up the library after learning about the neighborhood group’s work.

R.A.G.E. — the Resident Association of Greater Englewood — is a grassroots group that supports local businesses and creates opportunities for residents, among other things.

“I really admire what R.A.G.E. and its founder, Asiaha Butler, are doing. Englewood is having a renaissance and I’m happy to be a part of it,” said Wulkan, who has installed dozens of little free libraries around the city since last year.

The libraries are built from donated materials, like kitchen cabinets or newspaper boxes. Once volunteer carpenters repurpose them, Wulkan fills them with books collected from book drives or individual donors.

The new free library is one of at least three in Englewood, with one box stationed at 6110 S. Bishop Ave. and another at 5652 S. Princeton Ave. A steward from the neighborhood oversees the maintenance of the boxes, employing the “take one, replace one” rule.

Some boxes are stocked with personal protective equipment, as well.

Wulkan’s goal is to “create a citywide network” of book lovers.

“People have been meeting new neighbors, forming friendships. … The boxes bring people together,” Wulkan said. “We’re all the same. That we can unite around stories is a symbol of hope.”

For more information or to make a donation, go to Neighbor to Neighbor Literacy Project’s Facebook page.

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