Little Free Library Unbound: A Digital Events Series
You’re invited! Join us for Little Free Library Unbound, our new digital events series connecting stewards, supporters, and book-lovers of all kinds to chat about literacy, book sharing, stewardship, and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for our guest panelists, and our moderator will lead a discussion alongside the Q&A.
Chapter 4 of Little Free Library Unbound, Stewardship 101, will air live on Thursday, April 15 at 4 pm CST/5 pm EST. This month, a panel of LFL volunteer stewards of a diverse range in stewardship experiences will answer commonly-asked questions from new and prospective stewards. Register here.
LFL Unbound: Chapter 4 Guest Panelists and Moderators
Ryan is the principal at Jenks East Elementary School in Tusla, OK, which was the recipient of LFL’s 75,000th library celebration in 2018. Ryan shared, “Our LFL (#75,000) is located at the heart of our school campus near our flagpole and main office parking lot. We have been stewards since August of 2018 and have loved incorporating this into our Community School strategies to support our students, families, and friends! A fun fact is that after we launched our LFL, we developed several leadership teams of our students to redesign/decorate it and keep it maintained, clean, and well stocked. We also have incredibly warm memories of our time with Todd Bol during our launch as one of his last in-person visits at a location/school… He was a wonderful and loving man who couldn’t get enough of our school community (and vice versa)!”
Misty has been a steward for 5 years and has 5 LFLs in and around Salt Lake City, UT, and 1 in Butte, Montana. She is planning to install 4 more libraries in Salt Lake City this spring/summer! Misty shared, “A fun fact about my mobile LFL, my husband and I designed and built it from scratch having very little experience. I accidentally dumped a gallon of black paint on myself while painting it. We learned so much building it and we borrowed tools from our neighbors. The design fits Utah as the Beehive State and we will actually have our real bees in April.”
Talena Lachelle Queen
Talena Lachelle Queen is a steward from Paterson, NJ, and has pioneered 16 Little Free Libraries in city parks since 2017. She is ready to install 20 more LFLs in city parks. When she was nominated for a Todd H. Bol Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2019, Talena shared, “The Little Free Libraries in the Parks project has had a significant impact on my community. More people have adopted parks that have Little Free Libraries to help keep them clean. Children are often seen laying in the grass with books. I’ve learned of a family that was recently divorced and couldn’t keep up with their preteen’s thirst to read, financially, but LFL was able to help. The community and the LFL park project has partnered to transform ideas about reading and public spaces in the community.”
Anita Merina joined the Little Free Library board after retiring from the National Education Association where she coordinated NEA’s Read Across America program. During her tenure, Anita helped create NEA’s Books Across America school library grants and partnerships with Youth Service America, First Book, Heart of America Foundation, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Library of Congress, and We Need Diverse Books. Through her role, she also gained valuable experience in fundraising, celebrity and influencer outreach, community organizing, and strategic partnerships. Outside of literacy, she is a full-time glass artist and enjoys tennis and gardening.
Previously on LFL Unbound
Chapter 1: Introducing Read in Color
The first chapter of Unbound introduced our Read in Color program and featured guest panelists who were partners in the Read in Color launch! LFL national board chair, Anita Merina, moderated Q&A sessions with award-winning author Tameka Fryer Brown, as well as owner of Black Garnet Books, Dionne Sims. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 1 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!
Chapter 2: Kindness Isn't Cancelled
The second chapter of LFL Unbound focused on the spirit of generosity central to stewardship and the joy of sharing books and resources with our communities. Our moderator, LFL national board chair Anita Merina, interviewed LFL steward Heather Butts and author Kate DiCamillo to chat about sharing books, pantry and hygiene items, and more. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 2 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!
Chapter 3: Building a Book Oasis
The third chapter of LFL Unbound explored book deserts and mitigating them by building book oases and book-rich communities using Little Free Library book-sharing boxes. Our national board chair, Anita Merina, moderated Q&A sessions with Dr. Molly Ness, host of the End Book Deserts podcast, and Super Bowl and literacy champion Malcolm Mitchell. If you missed it, watch the replay here or on our YouTube channel. Check out the Chapter 3 Show Notes for a recap and additional resources, and don’t forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming chapters of LFL Unbound!
Upcoming Chapters of Little Free Library Unbound
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– Little Free Library Micro-Networks
– Literacy and Book Access in Indigenous Communities
– 2021 Todd H. Bol Award Nominees
– Authors and their Little Free Libraries
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