In an effort to expand literacy in the Black community, two groups have joined forces to present a free book giveaway on Saturday, July 10.

The Inaugural Summer Book Giveaway is sponsored by the Unsung Heroes Living History Project and Books Breaking Barriers and will be held at the Brickhouse Gallery and Art Complex, located at 2837 36th Street in Historic Oak Park. The event is set to run 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. 

Choose from free adult and children’s books written “by us and for us.”  Attendees can find books on various topics to expand or build their personal libraries. There will be a limit of three books per person.

The Unsung Heroes Living History Project is a non-profit, intergenerational oral history project founded in 2005 that pays tribute and preserves the legacy of African Americans in the military. The Unsung Heroes Living History Project is a 501©3 non-profit charitable organization.

Books Breaking Barriers is a literacy intervention program that targets Tier 2 and Tier 3 K-12 students who need additional reading assistance after school and during the summer months. The program uses culturally responsive literature according to reading levels so that students “see themselves” in the literature.