Get Paid to Start a Little Free Library

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The Little Free Library at WeHo Elementary in West Hollywood!

Have you ever dreamed of getting paid to start a Little Free Library? If you live in West Hollywood, California, you’re in luck.

There, the city is offering eight $600 grants to build and maintain Little Free Libraries.

It’s a great deal: To receive one of the grants, residents of West Hollywood apply through the city’s website, pledging to install, register, and maintain a Little Free Library on private property for at least one year. The Libraries can be purchased or built by the steward.

Renters can get in on the action, too, as long as they get their landlord’s permission first, reports The Los Angeles Times.

According to Mike Che, the city’s arts and economic development coordinator, a group of West Hollywood residents approached the city with the idea, which was quickly embraced by the city council.

“As we learned more, we repeatedly heard stories from stewards talking about how a side benefit of installing a Little Free Library was the opportunity to engage with their neighbors, and we wanted to make sure this project was designed in a way to empower our residents to build those connections,” says Che.

West Hollywood already has some LFL experience: The city installed its first official Little Free Library on January 23, 2016 as a part of the MLK, Jr. Day of Service at West Hollywood Elementary School. That process helped shape the grant program—and how big the grants should be.

“The $600 micro-grant should cover all of the costs involved in installing and registering a Little Free Library, with a small cushion in case there’s a need for repairs or repainting later in the year,” Che says. “As a city that promotes the arts, we didn’t want a financial burden to stand in the way of our residents sharing a love of reading.”

Not only will stewards get a $600 stipend, they’ll also receive a wide-ranging selection of books from the Friends of the West Hollywood Library to help stock their Little Free Libraries for readers of all ages.

The city of West Hollywood champions reading and the arts in a multitude of other ways, too, with the WeHo Reads author series, a City Poet program, and free winter concerts and art exhibitions at the West Hollywood Library.

“As the City of West Hollywood has made a very strong commitment to supporting literacy and the arts in general, we hope that Little Free Library stewards in West Hollywood will be able to share their love of reading with each other and engage with their neighbors,” Che says.

Way to go, West Hollywood!

We can’t help but wonder, what kind of Little Library would you build or buy with $600? Tell us in the comments below!

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