February is Black History Month, and the Rotary Club of Youngstown (RCY) is getting ready to honor Black history via Little Free Libraries.

Just in time for February, the RCY stocked many of the Little Free Libraries in Youngstown with books reflecting the greater reading diversity.

In collaboration with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC), RCY purchased a supply of new books for the Little Free Libraries.

Some gently-used books were also donated by PLYMC, as well as the community at large. Youngstown Rotarians volunteered to stock the libraries with the books.

The locations that have been stocked include:

-Wean Park

-20 Federal Place

-Wick Park

-Jewish Community Center

-Private residences on Fairgreen Avenue, Fifth Avenue,

-Cordova Avenue across from Harding Elementary School

-Calvin Center on Mahoning Avenue, Rocky Ridge Neighbors Garden

-100 Block of South Hazelwood Avenue

-A private residence on Ridgelawn Avenue.

-YMHA Rockford Village

-Dogwood Lane

-Give the Children a Chance Pavilion 

-South Truesdale Avenue

-Oak Hill Collaborative

-South Side Academy

-Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown

RCY has been mounting wooden boxes that are Little Free Libraries on posts and filling them with books since 2014.

Little Free Libraries is an American-made cottage industy built on a "take a book, share a book" premise. 

"RCY took on this project with the goal of creating neighborhood gathering places in order to foster relationships and support literacy," said Elayne Bozick, Chair of the Little Free Library Project.