Riders Can Pick Up Free Magazines, Novels & Children’s Books
St. Louis Metro Transit commuters will now be able to pick up magazines, novels and children’s books to read while they ride MetroLink, MetroBus or Metro Call-A-Ride. No library card is required, there is no cost and there are no due dates or fines. Borrowers are asked to return the reading materials to the community library boxes when they are finished so other transit riders can continue to enjoy them.
The program, which was announced on Thursday at the North County Transit Center, features community library boxes at four local transit locations. The library boxes support the St. Louis County Library system’s Recycled Reads program, which gives surplus books an opportunity to get into the hands of people in the community. The goal is to strengthen educational outcomes through increased literacy rates.
Representatives from the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis Promise Zone, St. Louis County, St. Louis County Library system, St. Louis Metro Transit and Bi-State Development were all on hand for the announcement.
“We’re happy to partner with St. Louis County Library system, St. Louis Metro Transit and Bi-State Development on this great initiative for the St. Louis region,” Partnership CEO Sheila Sweeney said. “This program has the potential to strengthen educational outcomes through increased literacy rates. It will provide our community with more access to books and have a positive impact on readership for all ages.”
The Promise Zone, which includes parts of North City and North County, partners with local leaders to give communities proven tools to rebuild and put people back to work. The federal program helps high-poverty urban, rural and tribal communities increase economic activity, improve educational outcomes, reduce serious and violent crime, invest in transformative development and improve health and wellness.