WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A new effort in the Twin Cities is encouraging kids to go outside and enjoy a good book.
Amelia Campbell says she saw some Little Free Libraries in other communities and she wanted to bring the same opportunities to kids in underdeveloped areas. Now, the library is growing all thanks to the community.
At the Little Free Library, all you have to do is drop off a book and take another one to read.
Campbell says these books are teaching lessons though. They're mostly stories for young kids with a message that they can do anything.
Campbell says she also wants this to be a chance for kids to go outside, put their cell phones down, and pick up books instead.
"Something could spark an idea for them that they could go out and conquer the world, and they can if they want to,” Campbell says. “We have to put books in their hands and sometimes we have to leave the electronics alone."
Campbell says it started as a personal project, but now the community has come together, adding books to the collection and opening a second library in Monroe. The second location will be in Bernstein Park. The help has come from people throughout the community and also the Monroe City Council.
Campbell says it's amazing to see her small project grow because it's all about helping the kids.
"I’m so blessed. I get really emotional when I think about it,” she says. “I really did this for the kids. It doesn’t have anything to do with me. Just for them. So it's a blessing. Such a blessing."
The Little Free Library is open now at 1011 Bennie Breece Street in West Monroe.
The second little free library is expected to open in April.