WORD Book Boxes provide families in South St. Pete free access to inclusive books

Photo of hand painted boxes filled with picture books for kids

Cultured Books and Keep St. Pete Lit are two outstanding local organizations. The literary institutions have partnered to create beautiful WORD Book Boxes for south St. Pete neighborhoods.

What is a WORD Book Box?

These artfully designed and hand painted boxes have been distributed across four locations in the Sunshine City, and each is brimming with culturally inclusive books for kids.

They’re here! You can find WORD Book Box at four locations across South City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA!⁣⁣📚 Thomas 'Jet' Jackson Recreation Center📚 Community Health Centers of Pinellas at Johnnie Ruth Clarke📚 Jordan Park Apartments📚 Child's Park Recreation⁣•••⁣The WORD! Initiative and KEEP ST. PETE LIT are bringing families free access to culturally inclusive and celebratory books through WORD Book Boxes, a free book exchange program. The goal is to improve literacy rates, instill pride of self, and promote a scholarly culture within the children living in south St. Petersburg neighborhoods. 📚✨

Posted by WORD Book Box on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Prolific artist/muralist Zulu Painter helped beautify each of the four boxes ahead of their grand reveal.

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Where can you find a WORD Book Box?

The goal is to improve literacy rates, instill pride of self, and promote a scholarly culture within the children living in south St. Petersburg neighborhoods.

Local book lover’s like Blue Birds Book Bus provided ample donations for the initiative.

This program represents a partnership between the WORD! Initiative, a collective of Black Women dedicated to organizing real discussions and transformative experiences through Arts & Culture and Keep St Pete Lit! which celebrates and promotes greater St. Petersburg’s literary community – past, present and future – through arts, education and events with a literary twist.

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Posted by WORD Book Box on Saturday, February 29, 2020

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To keep money in the local community all new books are purchased through Cultured Books, a pop-up children’s bookstore, with a mission to foster self love and broaden world views. It is a woman owned, African-American St. Pete bookstore.

AARP-Tampa Bay and J Crayton Pruitt Foundation have sponsored the initiative.

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