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Read While You Ride! Recycled Reads Expands to Four Metro Transit Locations

Press Release

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 2:36p.m.

St. Louis County Library is partnering with the St. Louis Promise Zone and Metro Transit to bring community library boxes to four transit locations in the North St. Louis County. The effort is part of the SLCL’s Recycled Reads program. The program takes surplus library materials and gives them another life by circulating them throughout the community, encouraging people to read while they wait.

The community library boxes will be stocked with novels, children’s books and magazines that transit riders can pick up to enjoy while they ride MetroLink, MetroBus and Metro Call-A-Ride. No library card is required, and there is no cost, no fines or due dates. Borrowers are asked to simply return the materials to a community library box when they are finished.

Promise Zone Community Library boxes are located at the following locations:

  • North Hanley Transit Center
  • Wellston Transit Center
  • Rock Road Transit Center
  • North County Transit Center

Kristen Sorth, SLCL Director, said, “The community library boxes are a great way to bring library services to people outside of our buildings and to meet people where they are. We’re thrilled to partner with Promise Zone and Metro to expand the program so people who might not otherwise have time to read or visit a library can take advantage of this convenient service.”

John Nations, Bi-State Development President and Chief Executive Officer said, “At Bi-State Development and Metro Transit, we are committed to improving the quality of life for transit riders and the communities we serve. With our partners at St. Louis Promise Zone and St. Louis County Library, we are able to offer our customers a more enjoyable commute, while making it easier for everyone – young and old – to discover the joy of reading.”

Recycled Read displays are currently set up at over 60 locations throughout St. Louis County where people typically spend time waiting including laundromats, hair/nail salons, health care providers, auto care shops and more. The program makes reading convenient and accessible for those with busy schedules and precious little free time for recreational reading.

Please call 314-994-3300 or visit www.slcl.org/content/community-partnerships for more information about the Recycled Reads program.