Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 has partnered up with the Collinsville Area Recreational District (CARD) to bring the first of many “Little Free Library” installations in the community.

Little Free Library is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building communities through the sharing of books.

The “Take a Book. Share a book. Leave a Book” philosophy encourages children to take a book they find interesting and return it or another book they have read to a special Little Free Library box.

The first Collinsville community box is located at the CARD office at 10 Gateway Drive adjacent to Splash City Water Park.

Additional boxes are planned or installed at other CARD sites: Willoughby Farm and Woodland Park in Collinsville and Pleasant Ridge Park in Maryville.

CUSD #10 Title 1 director Sarah Gray has been working with CARD in the new program which has helped install and maintain the boxes in local parks.

The initial supply of books was purchased with literacy grant money and collected from Unit 10 staff.

Twin Echo and Summit Elementary Schools also have free lending library boxes.

For more information about the Little Free Libraries program in Collinsville, contact Sarah Gray at