DSC_4212 croppedTULSA, Okla. — Family & Children’s Services has joined a worldwide literacy craze inspired by a turn-of-the-century steel magnate turned philanthropist.

F&CS’ outpatient clinic and pharmacy, the Sarah and John Graves Center at 2325 S. Harvard Ave., is the site of a Little Free Library, where anyone can drop off a book to donate to someone else, or browse for a new book to read, “paying it forward” for booklovers everywhere.

“I thought this was such a fun way to promote literacy,” said Mimi Tarrasch, director of F&CS’ Women in Recovery Program, “particularly for the many people utilizing the services at Family and Children’s and for the neighboring community.”

The library is a hand-crafted replica of the multi-story building, and it’s home to books for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Tarrasch urged Tulsans to come check it out today.

The libraries, which began in 2009, operate under the “take a book, leave a book” philosophy.

Their website, www.littlefreelibrary.org, traces their beginnings back to a social enterprise project in a Wisconsin man’s front yard, where he built a miniature schoolhouse on a pole with a “free books” sign that his neighbors loved so much, he made more.

It is estimated to have grown to more than 25,000 such libraries worldwide since, shattering the founders’ goal of surpassing philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, who famously sponsored the construction of more than 1,600 free public libraries across the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

F&CS’ Little Free Library will be checked regularly by its staff to be sure it stays full.

Come by, and see what you can find, and don’t forget to bring a good read with you.