Little Free Library Unbound: A Digital Events Series

You’re invited! Join us for Little Free Library Unbound, our new digital events series connecting stewards, supporters, and book-lovers of all kinds to chat about literacy, book sharing, stewardship, and moreAttendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for our guest panelists, and our moderator will lead a discussion alongside the Q&A.

The third chapter of LFL Unbound, Building a Book Oasis, will air live on Thursday, March 11 at 4 p.m. CST/5 p.m. EST, and will explore book deserts and mitigating them by building book oases and book-rich communities using Little Free Library book-sharing boxes. Our national board chair, Anita Merina, will moderate Q&A sessions with Dr. Molly Ness, host of the End Book Deserts podcast, and Super Bowl and literacy champion Malcolm Mitchell. 

LFL Unbound: Chapter 3 Guest Panelists and Moderators

Dr. Molly Ness

Molly Ness began her teaching career as a Teach For America corps member and 6th grade teacher in Oakland, California. She earned a doctorate in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. Since 2006, she has been a teacher educator and associate professor at Fordham University. She is the author of four books and multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 2019, Molly began the End Book Deserts podcast to bring attention to the issue of book access and equity.

Malcolm Mitchell

Malcolm Mitchell is the rookie who helped the New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI. He’s also the founder of an initiative called Read with Malcolm, which introduces book ownership to students, and works to improve literacy in schools. Malcolm’s Share the Magic Foundation promotes the benefits of reading to kids in underserved communities. As the New England Patriots Summer Reading Ambassador, he encourages summer reading. Malcolm is the author of The Magician’s Hat and My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World.

Anita Merina

Anita Merina joined the Little Free Library board after retiring from the National Education Association where she coordinated NEA’s Read Across America program. During her tenure, Anita helped create NEA’s Books Across America school library grants and partnerships with Youth Service America, First Book, Heart of America Foundation, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Library of Congress, and We Need Diverse Books. Through her role, she also gained valuable experience in fundraising, celebrity and influencer outreach, community organizing, and strategic partnerships. Outside of literacy, she is a full-time glass artist and enjoys tennis and gardening.

Previously on LFL Unbound

Chapter 1: Introducing Read in Color

The first chapter of Unbound introduced our Read in Color program and featured guest panelists who were partners in the Read in Color launch! LFL national board chair, Anita Merina, moderated Q&A sessions with award-winning author Tameka Fryer Brown, as well as owner of Black Garnet Books, Dionne Sims. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 1 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Chapter 2: Kindness Isn't Cancelled

The second chapter of LFL Unbound focused on the spirit of generosity central to stewardship and the joy of sharing books and resources with our communities. Our moderator, LFL national board chair Anita Merina, interviewed LFL steward Heather Butts and author Kate DiCamillo to chat about sharing books, pantry and hygiene items, and more. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 2 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!

Upcoming Chapters of Little Free Library Unbound

Don’t miss the next chapter! Sign up for our e-newsletter. Upcoming topics may include:

– Little Free Library Micro-Networks

– Literacy and Book Access in Indigenous Communities

– Stewardship 101

– 2021 Todd H. Bol Award Nominees

– Authors and their Little Free Libraries

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