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 more. Attendees 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.
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
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– 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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