YOUNGSTOWN — JAC Management Group and Derrick McDowell, Wean Park’s community engagement and inclusion coordinator, secured a Little Free Library for Wean Park.
The Little Free Library was supplied by the Rotary Club of Youngstown and the Little Free Library Foundation. It was installed the week of Feb. 1, facilitated by local Army veteran and Rotary member Frank Kishel.
The Little Free Library is located on Wean Park’s promenade, which connects the Covelli Centre and the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre.
The initial assortment of books was chosen by the Rotary Club of Youngstown and the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County under the direction of McDowell to reflect themes related to Black History Month. Current titles include “Walking With the Wind” by late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, “Colorblind” by Tim Wise and “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.
“It may be small, in terms of capacity holding only so many books, but there is nothing ‘little’ about what this Little Free Library inside of Wean Park will accomplish,” McDowell said in a news release. “We know that reading opens the mind and shapes the mentality of the reader, and I, along with the Raymond John Wean Foundation and JAC Management Group, am hopeful that when our community gets ahold of these specifically chosen books, those possibilities continue to be endless within our community.”
For inquiries on book selections and interactive installations surrounding the reading material, community groups and organizations can contact McDowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that builds community, inspires readers and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries, according to its website.