Kids, Community & Cops Program

Little Free Library’s Kids, Community & Cops program helps law enforcement and civic groups create positive interactions with youth.

Police departments are now invited to apply to receive one of 50 standard Little Free Library book exchanges or 50 mobile Little Free Libraries. To apply, please fill out the Law Enforcement Impact Library Program Application. 

This opportunity is made possible through a generous grant to the Impact Library Program  by the Lawrence Grauman, Jr. Trust. Applications to the program will remain open until all the Libraries are distributed.

Connecting Kids and Cops Through Book Sharing

Little Free Library book exchanges benefit community law enforcement efforts in four ways:

  1. Supporting literacy. Little Free Libraries improve book access and thus help improve low literacy rates. Recent research by the Department of Justice shows that low literacy is strongly connected to crime and delinquency; by providing book access, police offers help stop delinquency issues before they start.
  2. Forging new partnerships. A Little Free Library program can attract new partnerships with community groups and demonstrate a heightened commitment to neighborhoods served.
  3. Opening the door to additional services. Activities such as book drives, story times, and other events give reasons for officers to interact directly with kids and their parents. In addition to generally promoting public trust, these interactions have led adults to pursue other programs with their local police.
  4. Providing stories of community service. The color book exchanges and supportive interactions provide opportunities for positive publicity and make for great stories in the press, expanding the good feelings beyond the immediate neighborhood served.

Take advantage of the benefits a Little Free Library program could bring to your department! Contact us at customerservice(at)littlefreelibrary.org and get started today!

“The LAPD wants to help promote literacy by building safe places for young people to read. We are also building a sense of community allowing young people to see that police officers are real people.

LAPD's Senior Lead Officer, Heidi Stoecklein

Success Stories: See What You Can Achieve with a Little Free Library Program

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When the Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bike Cops for Kids project added books to their cycling program, they noticed that grown-ups liked what they saw happening and wanted to meet the participating officers. Photo credit: Bike Cops for Kids

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In Greenville, North Carolina, a local organization helped coordinate a fundraising effort that raised money to provide books for the police department’s Little Free Library. Books are being placed in police vehicles and are given to kids when the police respond to calls as a way to provide comfort and kindness.

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Canton, Ohio’s police department sports a brightly colored Little Free Library bookshelf in its lobby that makes books available to the children who accompany their parents to the station. It provides a positive presence in what can be an intimidating situation.

Finding Resources for Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library offers a broad selection of both finished Libraries and kits priced from $250 to $350. All our Libraries come with a free charter sign, registration in the Little Free Library network, and a steward’s guide with everything you need to know about setting up and managing your Library.

Not the decision maker? Print and share this Kids, Community & Cops guide with the appropriate person to get them on board!

Volume discounts are available! Contact us at customerservice(at)littlefreelibrary.org and get started today!

“Investing in our youth is the best way to combat crime. When we invest a little bit on the front end, you don’t have to deal with problems later on. I’d heard about Little Free Libraries, and I wanted to institute one here. If the youth can have positive activities like reading and literacy, it makes our job easier, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Eddy Chamberlin, Chattanooga Police Captain

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