A miniature train see at the corner of Chamberlain Avenue and Glass Street may like another piece of artwork in East Chattanooga.
But when you look closely... you can see it's filled with books. It's called a Little Free Library, a worldwide effort to encourage literacy.
"I'd heard of the Little Free library and I wanted to institute one here in this area," says Chattanooga Police Captain, Eddy Chamberlin. "It's an up-and-coming part of town that's developing rapidly. I think the community needs to see the positive things we are doing."
Captain Chamberlin is assigned to protect East Chattanooga. He contacted the Good Neighbor Network, an organization that works to improve the Glass Street community. Saturday, both groups celebrated the grand opening of this Little Free Library.
"It will encourage people to stop and rest here on the seats and borrow a book, loan a book, share the joy of reading with young people and people of all generations," says Chief Fred Fletcher.
But there's another reason officers are encouraging reading in this neighborhood, which sees high volume of crime.
"It's part of crime fighting, really. If you invest a little on the front end, you won't have to deal with problems later on. So you can have positive activities to participate in, like reading and literacy. It makes our job better and it's a lot of fun."
To learn more about Little Free Library, click here
By: Kelsey Bagwell