"The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library."   -Albert Einstein

At 904WARD, we believe that people are more likely understand the experiences of others when they have exposure to the experiences of others.  Books are a phenomenal way to introduce people to other cultures, identities, lifestyles, beliefs, and ways of thinking.  Not only can we look through windows to see other people’s experiences, books also provide mirrors to see our own stories reflected back to us.

We want to ensure that people across the greater Jacksonville region and across the state of Florida have access to diverse stories and opportunities to learn more about race, culture, and history.  We also think it is crucial that our children also have access to stories that expose them to other experiences and also allow them to see themselves in literature.  To do this, we are installing Little Free Diverse Libraries in communities across the city and across the state.

What Is a Little Free Diverse Library?

In partnership with Yellow House, we are installing public bookcases in communities that are filled with diverse stories for adults, teens, children and early readers.  Anyone from the community can come take a book to read as well as bring a book to share.  We want to highlight stories and authors of color, creating a space where a variety of stories are included.  One shelf is filled with adult fiction and non-fiction.  One shelf includes teen, children’s and early childhood books.

Every library in Duval County will also include the following banned books for students (links to EyeSeeMe African-American Children's Bookstore are included):

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How Can I Get Involved?
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There are four main ways to help us ensure that diverse stories reach a variety of communities:

  1. Donate books – We are taking donations to stock our libraries, and we are particularly in need of children’s books. Please consider donating some of the books that have been banned or some of our recommended books located here.  You can drop them off at the Jessie Ball duPont Center downtown or mail them to 904WARD, 40 East Adams Street, Ste. 34, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  2. Donate dollars – From purchasing books to libraries themselves, we need support to make it happen. Your generous donation can ensure more of our students and more of our communities have access to diverse stories. Give here and designate your dollars for Little Free Diverse Libraries.
  3. Host a library – If you have a home or a business that has a lot of foot traffic and you would be willing to have us install a library in your location, please complete this form so that we can discuss the possibilities with you.
  4. Spread the word – From telling interested friends to reposting on social media, please help us let everyone know about these libraries and how they can get involved!

Interested in helping us find locations and raise support for our Little Free Diverse Libraries? Sign up below!

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