‘ReadBox’ pops up in Woodlawn


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — You’ve heard of RedBox, but there’s a new red box in Woodlawn and it doesn’t hold DVDs.

Rev Birmingham is the organization behind the ReadBox.

Rev works to bring more street life to Downtown Birmingham and commercial areas throughout the city.

Atticus Rominger, Chief Public and Industrial Relations Officer, says the ReadBox is just one small strategy to get pedestrians to stop and be more interactive with their environment.

The idea is borrowed from small free lending library popping up around the country.

A small receptacle is placed somewhere in a very public area and people are invited to take a book, borrow it and read it and also leave a book behind.

Rominger says the project aims to demonstrate that there are a lot of things people can do in their communities to bring more life to the area and the ReadBox could be a great project to encourage reading and literacy in neighborhoods.

The ReadBox along 1st Avenue South in Woodlawn is the first one in the Birmingham area.

It was made from an unused phone booth found in Downtown Birmingham.

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