- On September 10, 2018
The communities of Oakbrook, Glenside and Hensler can now enjoy the benefit of going to a library by taking a short walk just outside their door! The non-profit organization, VOiCEup has installed 2 “take a book, share a book” library stations at Reading Housing Authority.
VOiCEup Berks is a local organization that is sponsored by a national program called Youth Volunteer Corps. VOiCEup Co-Founders Christie Botterbusch and Christi Terenfenko lead a group of teenagers from Reading and Berks County to help make the community better through volunteering! In 2018, VOiCEup volunteers have helped with such projects as serving breakfast at Opportunity House, organizing food drives, cleaning up City Park and sponsored “Vision of Hope” art exhibition at Berks Community Foundation for teens to express hope in a better community through creative art and other written expressions.
In June and July, VOiCEup volunteers also helped with RHA’s garden communities in Eisenhower, Rhodes and Glenside! The teens worked hard in re-establishing some unused plots as well as cleaning up the garden compost areas.
VOiCEup was excited to team up again with RHA to offer the free libraries to our residents. The libraries will be stocked with books in English and Spanish through the non-profit and United Way’s Emerging Leaders group who have sponsored the libraries in 5 locations around the City.
The library “huts” were designed, built and painted by the youth members of the Youth Volunteer Corps and can be found in Hensler near the O’Pake Community Center and at the playground adjacent to the management office. Oakbrook will also benefit from the library huts by the visiting location on Pershing Blvd. near the Olivet Boys and Girls Club. Library instructions in English and Spanish can be found on the huts. Right now, books found in the libraries are for young children and young adults, with plans to provide books both in English and Spanish for residents of all ages! The group is looking for donations to either purchase and or supply books in Spanish for adults in the community.
Reading Housing Authority welcomes the opportunity for residents of all ages to take time to read a book. For any questions or for more information about the program, please contact the Resident Services Department at 610-376-8413.