Connecting the Community
through Books

Thanks to grassroots engagement and strategic placement, Little Free Libraries continue to be a success throughout Delaware County. Since 2017, Ball State Facilities has built 20 Little Free Libraries for BY5.

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Small posts throughout the community, Little Free Libraries provide free, donated books to all through a “take one, leave one” system. The libraries extend the availability of books and work to bolster childhood literacy rates throughout Delaware County.

Brad King, president of the Old West End Neighborhood Association, said that the neighborhood’s three Libraries are “consistently cycling through books,” a sign he hopes indicates an increase in reading throughout the community.  

This year, Little Free Libraries continued to spread across the county, with 8 libraries built and 13 distributed. One of these Libraries can be found outside of Dorica Watson’s home.

Dorica, who is the community engagement manager at Second Harvest Food Bank, asked for a Little Free Library to be placed in front of her home to increase the community’s access to and interest in learning. 

“The Watson’s Little Free Library has enhanced my love for reading and connected me to my own community. I have neighbors that I never knew until we began hosting the library,” Dorica said. “My hope is that there is a Little Free Library within walking distance from every home.”

There are currently 37 libraries registered in BY5’s network. Through collaborated efforts, BY5 hopes to see this number continue to grow even more in the coming year.

 
 

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Little Free Libraries in Delaware County

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Canan Commons

Location: 500 S Walnut St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2015

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Friends Memorial Church

Location: 418 W Adams St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2014

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Roy C. Buley Center

Location: 1116 N Penn Ave, Muncie, IN
Established: 2015 

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Shaffer Chapel

Location: 501 E Highland Ave, Muncie, IN
Established: 2015
*Also supported by Altrusa Muncie and the Whitely Community Council

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Suzanne Gresham Center

Location: 3620 W White River Blvd, Muncie, IN
Established: 2016 

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Minnetrista (Farmer's Market)

Location: 1200 N Minnetrista Pkwy, Muncie, IN
Established: 2016

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Minnetrista (Betty's Cabin)

Location: 1200 N Minnetrista Pkwy, Muncie, IN 
Established: 2016

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Minnetrista (Nature Area)

Location: 1200 N Minnetrista Pkwy, Muncie, IN
Established: 2015

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Appletree YMCA

Location: 3501 N Chadam Ln, Muncie, IN
Established: 2015

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Muncie Children's Museum

Location: 515 S High St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2016

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Forest Park Senior Center

Location: 2517 W 8th St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2016

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Cardinal Greenway (Wysor Depot)

Location: 700 E Wysor St, Muncie, IN 
Established: 2016
*Also supported by Tri Kappa and Kirk's Bike Shop

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United Day Care

Location: 312 S Vine St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2015

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Monroe Township Trustees Office (Cowan)

Location: 504 W CR 600 S, Muncie, IN
Established: 2016

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City Hall (City of Muncie)

Location: 300 N High St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2017
*Also supported by Altrusa of Muncie

218 W Paulette Ave, Gaston

Established: 2014
*Also supported by United Way 

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Gaston United Methodist Church

Location: 105 Main St, Gaston, IN 
Established: 2014
*Also supported by United Way

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Wes-Del Elementary School

Location: 500 E Jackson St, Gaston, IN 
Established: 2014
*Also supported by United Way

605 N Forest Ave, Muncie

Established: 2016

1801 N Duane Rd, Muncie

Established: 2016

1517 Glenn Ellyn Rd, Muncie

Established: 2016

Delaware County Historical Society

Location: 120 E Washington St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2017
*Also supported by Altrusa of Muncie

INSPIRE Academy

Location: 2801 E 16th St, Muncie, IN 
Established: 2017

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Emily Kimbrough House

Location:  715 E Washington St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2017

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Bargain Box

Location: 607 E Charles St, Muncie, IN 
Established: 2016

9109 E Jackson Street, Selma

Established: 2017
*Also supported by Altrusa of Muncie

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New Beginnings Childcare

Location: 3101 S Walnut St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2017

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South Central Community Garden

Location:  228 E 7th St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2018

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Muncie Housing Authority (office)

Location:  409 E 1st St, Muncie IN
Established: 2017

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800 W Powers St, Muncie

Established: 2018

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East Washington Academy

1000 E Washington St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2018

2709 W 8th St, Muncie

Established: 2018

Community Circle Park

Corner of Main & Cherry St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2018

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Soup Kitchen

920 E Charles St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2018

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Ball State University Practicum Clinic

Teachers College, Muncie, IN
Established: 2018

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Ross Community Center

1110 W 10th St, Muncie, IN
Established: 2018

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TRC Head Start

3900 E Wysor St, Muncie IN
Established: 2018

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North View Elementary School

807 W Yale Ave, Muncie, IN
Established: 2019

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637 W University Ave, Muncie

(in the alley facing Tuhey Pool)
Established: 2019