Mom and Son Adding Diversity to Every Little Free Library in Dallas

“If we want the world to change, we have to change it.”

Little Free Diverse Library Dallas
Photo: Rachel Koppa

Rachel and Elliott Koppa are on a mission. The mother-son duo is working to add diversity every Little Free Library in Dallas.

Inspired by a similar project in Massachusetts, Rachel and Elliott are dedicating their summer to adding 10 diverse books to Little Free Libraries across the city.

"It is very important for kids and young adults and adults to see themselves in the books that they read," eight-year-old Elliott told WFAA.

So far, he and his mom have diversified 29 libraries. They have 55 to go.

"It makes me feel very, very happy," Elliott said.

"We need to see all kinds of different races, and cultures, and religions, and ethnicities so that it broadens our horizons and help us be more open and understanding to the world that we live in," Rachel told the local news station. "I want Elliott to grow up in a kind world."

"It's not about not seeing race or ethnicity or gender or sexual orientation or culture. It's about seeing it, and recognizing it, and appreciating it," she continued. "And knowing that the things that make us different are what make us interesting."

Little Free Library, a nonprofit that promotes community book sharing, has been around since 2009. Currently, there are more than 90,000 public book exchanges registered with the organization.

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Rachel and Elliott rely on donations to run their Little Diverse Library effort. They have an Amazon Wish List if you'd like to purchase books for the libraries and a Venmo (@LFDLDallas) if you'd like them to purchase books on your behalf.

"If we want the world to change, we have to change it," Rachel said.

Keep up the good work!

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