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LibrariesFor this year’s Day of Action, United Way of Racine County and local partners focused on literacy.

Private business, nonprofits and volunteers worked together Wednesday to put up five new little free libraries and updated two Born Learning Trails.

The little free libraries are small community libraries where local residents can borrow and return books for free. And the learning trails are interactive learning games posted in local parks.

The partners for this years Day of Action included Unico, Red Apple Elementary, U.S. Bank and the Junior League of Racine.

Unico, a firm that manufactures control-systems for a number of light and industrial uses, partnered with the United Way and Red Apple Elementary to put five new Little Free Libraries for the neighborhood around Knapp elementary school.

“Literacy is not only a gateway to future success, but with the right book, it can be incredibly fun and fulfilling,” said Rick Gearheart technology manager at Unico. “Here’s hoping that the couple of enclosures we put together for this project do a reasonable job of getting ‘the right book’ into the right hands.”

Gearhart also said that Unico has been looking for ways to become more involved in the community and the Day of Action campaign seemed like a good place to start.

The Junior League and U.S. Bank worked with UNited Way on the Born Learning Trails, donating funds for new signs and trail renovations along North Beach.

The Junior League sponsored new signs along North Beach Park’s trail and U.S. bank sponsored materials for repainting the trail and West Park’s trail.

“This kind of collaboration between businesses, civic organizations and community members is critical to making Racine County a thriving community,” said Jessica Safransky Schacht, education initiatives director for United Way of Racine County.