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Growing literacy at the Eat to Live Garden in Chicago

By Martha Boyd, Program Director, Urban Initiative (Chicago)

Our Little Free Library was installed at the front of the Eat to Live Garden in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood on July 18th!

On Day 1, we had some books on display - and already several borrowers, including neighbor and birthday girl, Shavanna, who picked out a book about sunflowers and then posed for a picture.

Our LFL was acquired through my former landlord Rick Brooks in Madison (thanks, Rick!) - to learn more about the worldwide LFL movement, visit

Eat to Live Englewood is a partnership between Angelic Organics Learning Center and Real Men Charities, Inc.   The partners host workshops on growing food in the city, healthy cooking and eating, exercise and health, and urban ecology. The Eat to Live Garden engages neighbors, students, teachers, and parents both in and outside the classroom. Eat to Live’s mantra is “Everything Good Grows in Englewood.”  Follow the Eat to Live Garden adventures on Facebook and visit the E2L website at

Help E2L's Garden library grow!

  • Donate your good used books for children and adults, especially with some relation to gardens, food, plants, animals, bugs, dirt, weather, health...and lots more.
  • Read aloud to kids and others in the Garden -- if you'll do it, we'll organize it!
  • Come out and read in the Garden - bring a chair and a book of your own: Demonstrate that Reading is Great! 

Contact Martha at to help out.