Local Children to Read and Ride on Metro

imagesBy Free Radical

Last week, Metro Transit announced that it will unveil a new community library that will allow patrons to check out books at four stations. They will be located at North Hanley, Wellston, Rock Road, and North County transit centers.

“The love of reading, especially at a young age, opens the door to new opportunities, good grades in school, and a foundation that can lead to successful careers,” said Hazel Erby, St. Louis County Councilwoman for District 1. “This program isn’t just about making books available, it’s about making the love of reading available, to everyone.”

The new program is a collaboration between the St. Louis Development Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis Promise Zone, St. Louis County Library, Bi-State Development and Metro Transit.

The books will be come from the Recycled Reads program of St. Louis County Library. They will be free of charge and riders do not have to have a library card. The books will not be checked out and they will be returned on an honor system.

This unorthodox system is to meet the unique needs of riders and to “catch people where they are” according to St. Louis County Library District Director Kristen Sorth.

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