On Dec. 27 the Redmond Police Department (RPD) hosted its second Little Free Library event.
Nearly 80 people attended the Officer Story Time at the Redmond Community Center at Marymoor Village, where police officers read stories to children. Little Free Library gave a chance for children and parents to ask any questions they had about police work and safety and free book sharing.
Since unveiling the Little Free Library on July 25, many people from local bookshops and around the community have donated books to the free library. The library aims to improve low literacy rates as illiteracy can be linked to delinquent behavior.
Wanting a way to interact with the community while supporting literacy, RPD joined departments all over the country in sponsoring its own Little Free Library. The goal is to create a hub of book sharing and engaging reading events.
“The goal of these events is to not only provide an opportunity for these families to meet our officers in a friendly, comfortable environment, but to also help encourage a love of reading and literacy in our community,” said RPD public information officer Andrea Wolf-Buck.
RPD will be hosting more Officer Story Time events at the community center and at local bookstores. The next Little Free Library event will be on Jan. 24 at McDonald’s Book Exchange at 7969 Gilman St. Another story time event at the community center is scheduled for 10 a.m on March 22.