The Osceola County branch of the YMCA has joined forces with Osceola Reads to open an Osceola Reads Little Library.

The Osceola Reads Little Library initiative allows children to take a book, leave a book, expand their at-home library, or help support one of their fellow little readers. Now children at the Osceola “Y” location will be the first to be part of this initiative from Osceola Reads.

“At the Osceola County YMCA, one of our three focus areas is Youth Development, and we believe that early literacy is a critical need in our community,” said John Lewis, Executive Director of Osceola County YMCA. “The Osceola YMCA has several summer programs that will serve over 100 kids weekly, ranging from preschool to school-aged children. Through this partnership, every child will have the opportunity to read daily with the goal of promoting early literacy and curbing the summer learning loss.”

Osceola Reads is a countywide literacy initiative that offers free downloadable reading resources to parents and teachers online. By sharing information on literacy and early childhood events and resources through partner organizations in Osceola County, Osceola Reads can help prepare children from birth to age five for their first day of kindergarten.

The Osceola Reads initiative is sponsored by the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County. If you or someone you know wants to find a Little Library nearest them, visit the website at, or to add your Little Library to the Osceola Reads list, contact the team at