It's a startling fact that more than 20 percent of adults in Wichita County are functionally illiterate. That doesn't mean that can't read and write, but it does mean they aren't able to do what they need to do.
"We would love to put ourselves out of a job, but that's not going to happen anytime soon," said Sara Shelton, Director of the Wichita County Literacy Council.
The United Way also developed an Early Developmental Instrument that tested school readiness of children in the area. The school readiness tested: physical health, social confidence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive development, and communication of children in different neighborhoods.
"We had an opportunity through United Way to get some projects going in our neighborhood," Carlos Williams said. "It had the second highest levels of deficiencies."
"It was really just about encouraging literacy," Williams said.
There are about six little libraries locations in Wichita Falls, according to Williams. Two of those locations are actually registered Free Little Libraries. One of the problems people have with city libraries is the accessibility and locations.
Many times people may not have rides or ways to get there. The little local libraries make picking up a book easy to do.
"Anyone that passes a library can put a book in, and anyone that drives by a library can take a book," Williams said.
The ultimate goal is to get all locations registered. The registration means that one person would need to be responsible for that one library. If it needs repairs, more books or additional attention, one person would be held accountable.
In Texoma, there are only six Little Free Libraries registered. The main objective is to get the word out about literacy, and get more people inspired to build their neighborhood a little library, said Williams.