DALLAS, May 19 (UPI) -- All around Dallas, mini-libraries resembling large mailboxes or outdoor cabinets are popping up for residents to use. The concept is a simple one, need a book, take a book; have a book, leave a book.
The literacy effort, called Libros Libres or Little Free Libraries, is organized by the Wisconsin nonprofit that carries the same name, Big Thought, bcWORKSHOP and the Dallas Public Library. Cheerios is also a significant donor and sponsor
"Literacy is so important at that early age, and if we don't have that, we're all in trouble in a big way," co-founder of Little Free Libraries Todd Bol told the Dallas Morning News.
His organization started out with three Little Free Libraries around Dallas before Saturday, when residents came together to build an additional 17.
"This is a tight-knit community," local YMCA youth development director Jamonica Washington said. "People are proud of their neighborhood. The Little Free Library is only going to help that."
The organizations are currently soliciting donations and generating buzz via an ongoing IndieGoGo campaign.