“Now more than ever, having access to learning resources outside of the classroom is critical.”

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With schools and libraries struggling to adapt to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, organizations like Little Free Library, a nonprofit that promotes community book sharing, are doing what they can to pick up the slack.

According to WRIC, one Virginia organization working to keep kids reading and learning during these unprecedented times needs help.

The United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg is looking for volunteers to help install five new Little Free Libraries across the region through October. Locations include a shelter, mobile home park, and more.

“Having access to learning resources outside of the classroom is crucial to the development of children across the region, particularly now with so many schools teaching virtually,” James Taylor, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, told WRIC. “We’re happy to be working with our incredible network of community partners to bring more Little Free Libraries to the area and restocking existing ones with resources for children and families to utilize.”

Groups of two to four people who are comfortable being close together are encouraged to register. All volunteers will be required to wear face masks.

“Now more than ever, having access to learning resources outside of the classroom is critical,” the event descriptions read.

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Volunteer tasks will include using a manual post-hole digger to dig a hole, setting the post for the library using concrete mix and water, painting on additional logos to represent the sponsor and site partner, attaching the library to the post using a drill, preparing book donations, stocking the library with books, and any other related support tasks.

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