The Little Free Library nonprofit organization is granting 100 Little Free Library book-sharing boxes to sites that serve children in an effort to improve book access for kids across the country. We’re thrilled to announce the first 50 grantees! Recipients include schools, literacy groups, Native American reservations, health centers, homeless shelters, laundromats, and more.

Our 100-library giveaway is in celebration of LFL reaching 100,000 Little Free Library book-sharing boxes worldwide. The 100,000th Little Free Library was granted to the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans in Houston, Texas, on March 11.

“We are happy to recognize the hard work of our stewards who made 100,000 Little Free Library installations possible by granting 100 of our libraries and book packages where they are needed most,” said LFL Executive Director Greig Metzger. “While our Impact Library Program makes grants to all types of underserved communities, this special initiative prioritizes organizations that serve children.” 

“There is no more critical time for our children,” Metzger continued. “With most schools being closed since mid-March, access to books—a foundation for developing life-long literacy skills—is critical. We are honored to do our small part to fill the gap in honor of our stewards everywhere.”

Each grantee will receive a Little Free Library book-sharing box, a mounting post, and a selection of children’s books generously provided by learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

Grantees Announced June 2020

Angela Maull | Chenchitas | New York, New York

“East Harlem Community is where 29% of residents and half of the children live below the poverty line. The Little Free Library will improve excellent quality of life and knowledge to communities in the park. They can receive free books, relax, and read to the children at the park and home—have storytime and read out loud.”

Adrienne Snow | Enfield Public Schools | Enfield, Connecticut

The community being served will be the Thompsonville section of the city of Enfield. It is a low-income area with many duplexes and apartments surrounding the no-longer operational Bigelow-Hartford carpet factories. It is an area where many residents are without cars and rely on walking to get around. Our Little Free Library will be in front of Alcorn School along route 5 which has a well-traveled large sidewalk area and a pull-through where those who have cars could park temporarily to visit the library. It would be awesome to have the Little Free Library in that spot as it would provide access to many Enfield residents who are not able to visit the nearby Pearl Street Library due to the library’s minimal operational hours. Also, Thompsonville has a large number of families for whom English is a new/2nd language and/or are new to the U.S. The Little Free Library would give them access to books without the language or paperwork barrier that other public institutions request/require.”

Alejandro De La Peña | Parkland Middle School | El Paso, Texas

“Our school is at the ‘heart of the northeast’ of El Paso and in an area that is historically low-income which translates to a higher probability that our families do not have enough access to books, especially books that they can call their own. This contributes to having our students grow up, on average, three years behind children in homes with lots of books. By increasing their access to books after school we can increase reading achievement in our student population.  Little Free Library book-sharing boxes play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books in areas where books are scarce, like our community. Please help us get this important resource for our school!”

Amanda Graves | E.T. Booth Middle School | Woodstock, Georgia

“Having a Little Free Library at E.T. Booth Middle School has been a dream of mine for many years. Our school serves over 1,800 students with a high school next door of over 2,400 students. Several of the elementary schools that feed our school are Title I, and with an ever changing population of students and families, our school has also become Title I. Every year we are seeing an increase in lower income families along with a greater English Learner population. This location will not only attract those middle/high school students who often struggle to find the enjoyment of reading, but also for their younger siblings who crave reading material. A school library is only open for business 180 days a year, but our students need to feel that reading and books are available to them year round. In addition, the value of free books for our students is priceless. For our students to be able to have a place to ‘check-out’ a book without fear of county mandated late fines or lost book charges will greatly enhance their accessibility and enjoyment of reading materials. I truly believe that this would have a huge impact on our students and community.”

Becky Anderson | Reidsville, Georgia

“Tattnall County ranks 128 out of 159 counties in Georgia for poverty. We are a very low economic area with a very high illiteracy rate. With this knowledge our organization is working to place books in homes that may not otherwise have access to literacy materials. We will use the Little Free Library at the Reidsville Health Department which is located near two housing projects. The children that live in these homes can easily access the books at this location but do not have easy access to the local public library. We feel that this will be a perfect solution to provide books to young readers that may not have books readily available for them.”

Brea Spann | Thornton, Colorado

“Our community here in Old Thornton is an amalgam of beautifully diverse, hardworking folks. This site, which is just across the street from my home and one of the neighborhood schools, was once our community center and has since been converted to our children and teens’ center. In maintaining a Little Free Library at this location, we believe we can engage both our neighborhood kids and their parents as they come to and from after-school and other programs. I mean, it’s so fun, right?! They can quickly and easily pick out books together or share some they’ve finished or outgrown. It really sounds like just the thing we need to encourage that little bit of extra reading time.”

Charla Bregante | Housing Authority City of Santa Barbara | Santa Barbara, California

“The Housing Authority serves low-income families, among others. We have Little Free Libraries at six of our family properties already. This one will either go to another property or be outside our office for residents to enjoy. Our agency is part of the ‘Campaign for Grade Level Reading’ and we also participate in the ‘Read Aloud 15 Minutes’ campaign. Little Free Libraries are an important part of our literacy promotion efforts.”

Christina Faustini | St. Petersburg, Florida

“Our area is located in an urban area with many children and teens who need a good resource for quality reading material. The location we are choosing is actually a designated bus stop for many local schools. This location will allow the dispersion of much needed reading material to a demographic of children and teens who do not have access to a traditional library. My daughter loves the little library at Gulfport rec and wants to share the experience with her neighborhood. For her gifted project this year she has chosen the creation of a little library and is excited to present her community service project in her gifted class at Gulfport Elementary.”

Christy Garrard | Issaquah Highlands Council | Issaquah, Washington

“Issaquah Highlands is a suburb of the City of Issaquah, Washington, with a population of 12,000+. Our community is culturally, economically, and age-diverse; from retirees to young families, singles to empty-nesters. Our community is a mix of single-family homes, multi-family and low-income housing. Our organization is located at the Blakely Hall community center and we support the efforts of the affordable-housing properties including the YWCA Family Village and Lauren Heights. This Little Free Library will serve families and seniors living in the Lauren Heights affordable housing complex. While our local public library is 3.4 miles away, Issaquah Highlands is located on a steep hillside making it difficult to walk back UP hill after a library visit (not to mention an almost 8 mile round-trip!) and many of the residents are without transportation.”

Constance Hartman | Knoxville, Tennessee

“I am tutoring children in a low income area for free. ‘The more we read the more we know.’ So many children need the opportunity to learn, and I want to offer it free. I would like to incorporate a Little Free Library into my location, so all children and others in the area may experience the many possibilities, adventures, and more that learning to read and loving books brings. Once a child learns to read and love books the possibilities and experiences are endless! Imagination is everything and books supply that. I want a free library in our low income area to make it easy for a child and parents to get books and share books. I have so many donors waiting in the wings to supply books for my dream, my reality, and my Little Free Library. Knowledge is power!!! And power is endless with reading skills, knowledge, and imagination. My free tutoring program would be enhanced by a Little Free Library. The two will help build strong, confident readers, able to not only read but understand and enjoy a variety of subjects.”

Danielle Mapes | Traverse Heights Elementary School | Traverse City, Michigan

“This library would go in our elementary school’s garden. The children at our Title 1 school are wonderful, charismatic little humans who are always looking to get their hands on new books! A large majority of the children walk to school and are active in the neighborhood throughout the weekend. This little library would be a beautiful gift for them, as they would be able to wander through the garden at their own pace to donate or find new books. This year, we have been discussing ways to keep our library and school a peaceful and beautiful space. I truly believe this little library would help to further encourage their sense of ownership over our school’s library and allow them the opportunity to be active participants in choosing their own books.”

Danielle Soliman | Charlotte, North Carolina

“The Little Free Library would be placed on the grounds of Nations Ford Elementary School, a traditional elementary school located in a richly diverse neighborhood in southwest Charlotte, NC, where 75% of the students are Hispanic and Latino and 20% are African American. This school is a Title 1 school receiving assistance, where many children struggle for literacy proficiency. By providing this school with a Little Free Library, we would be putting books in the hands of many children who typically don’t have access to books, let alone books with characters that look like them or are written by people who look like them. My family and I would like to keep this library regularly stocked with a diverse set of books, providing children access to all types of literature, fiction, nonfiction, poems, comics, chapter books, early reader books, etc. My daughter and I are weekly reading buddies to third graders at this school and we would love to have some of these amazing children continue their love of literature and stories at home with their families. Our goal is to provide these children and families access and to grow readers.”

Lisa Caraway | Stanbridge University | Irvine, California

“So far, three of our student organizations have provided Little Free Libraries to the communities of Stanton, Tustin, and Huntington Beach; we would ideally like to install 11 more Little Free Libraries to serve communities in need in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Our students are committed to volunteer service; they have successfully installed Little Free Libraries at the Illumination Foundation, serving the homeless community of adults and children; at Ryan’s Reach, serving brain injured individuals and their families; and at Beachside Nursing Center. By providing Stanbridge University with the gift of Little Free Libraries, students will be able to spread the joy of literacy to multiple nearby communities throughout Los Angeles and Orange County that are underserved and at need, for both youth and adults.”

Diana Lopez | Marin County Free Library/Marin Housing Authority | Marin City, California

“I partner with the Marin Housing Authority on the Book Rich Environment Initiative. We would like to put a Little Free Library in Golden Gate Village, the family public housing units in Marin City. This would help to ensure that families have free books in their homes to encourage reading.”

Donna Schiffer | Oak Ridge Elementary School | Tallahassee, Florida

“My library will be located just outside the gate of an elementary school, which is right across the street from supported housing, with a veterans’ housing center right around the corner. Although the nearest library is less than 10 miles away, there is a lack of personal transportation in the area. Since I work at the school and have been there since 1994, I know the community well and know that the students and parents in our community will be eager to have access to free books. Books change lives, we all can agree, and these families deserve the same access to life-changing books as those with more generous means. Finally, I dedicate my Little Free Library to the memory of my mother, who would drive me ten miles from our home so I could go check out books, since she knew of my love of reading.”

Ernest Johnson | DaVita Dialysis Care Of Rowan County| Salisbury, North Carolina

“DaVita primarily caters to an overall poorer constituency as it provides a means of entertainment and learning enrichment for the patients getting their dialysis and their families (primarily young children) who wait for them. It makes the painful ordeal of going through or having a loved one going through dialysis just a little bit more liveable as every time you enter the office, you are greeted by the wonderful luxury of books—they can transport you to a world unlike any other.”

Haley Fleegle | Altoona Area School District | Altoona, Pennsylvania

“The Altoona Area School District is an urban school district that has approximately 65% of its children classified as low socioeconomic status. With approximately 4,000 children served just in the eight elementary schools, it is essential that they have access to high-quality books. Pleasant Valley Elementary has 600+ students that utilize the grounds in the summer months and after school for recreation. This area is also utilized by children around our community. This site is an ideal location due to the number of people that utilize the site. Our goal is to create a culture that promotes literacy and the benefits academically, socially, and emotionally that it has for children. Our children will gain from continual access to books after the school day, over the summer, and beyond.”

Paige Holman | Hill Library | Strafford, New Hampshire

“I am the Director of the Hill Library in Strafford, NH. This is a small public library in a rural town with about 4,100 citizens. We would love to have a Little Free Library near the town’s public beach on Bow Lake. The beach is open from sunrise until 10 p.m. and the town provides a lifeguard seven days per week during the eight weeks of our short summer season. Many families enjoy the water day and night. In addition, the town provides affordable swim lessons to children for two two-week sessions in July and August each summer. The beach is a social gathering place for young families as well as teenagers. We obtained permission from the property owner near the beach to place a Little Free Library there. The (relatively) high foot traffic in this area makes it an ideal place. It will encourage children and young adults to read while at the beach, and also encourage more reading during the summer months. Our Youth Librarian is excited about planning off-site activities there in the summer months.”

Jennifer Baldwin | Jasper R-5 School District | Jasper, Missouri

“Jasper is a rural agricultural community with a population of approximately 1,000 people in Southwest Missouri. I have been the K-12 school librarian for the Title I school district, serving approximately 470 students through separate K-6th grade and 7-12th grade libraries, since 2005. My school libraries are closed during all breaks, including the summer.”

Jessica Harris | Peoria Unified Family Resource Center | Peoria, Arizona

“The Little Free Library would be installed at Sky View Elementary in the Peoria Unified School District (PUSD). Sky View is a Pre-K through 8th grade school, located in a neighborhood within walking distance of a public park, and houses the Preschool Office for the entire district as well as the PUSD Family Resource Center. The PUSD Family Resource Center is designed to provide parents and caregivers the tools they need to support the learning and development of their young children, with an emphasis on building strong families and helping to prepare children for kindergarten. Having a Little Free Library on campus is a perfect opportunity to extend the Family Resource Center’s goals, by giving all students and their families, as well as other families in the community, easy access to free books.”

Johnny Kruse | Wessington Springs, South Dakota

“We are a small community that strives to provide tools the youth in the community need to grow and learn, and reading is a fundamental building block towards a person’s success. We would like to put up a Little Free Library in the city park where parents take young children to play and families gather for celebrations, to help encourage kids in the community to grab a book to enjoy. Family reunions are held in the nearby field house every year and winter park activities are planned for the future, making this a prime location to put books in the path of all of the youth in the community and for youth from surrounding communities who visit.”

Joan Sveinsson | Friends of The Colony Public Library | The Colony, Texas

“The Colony is a young, family-oriented community. The current estimated population is 42,716; the population is projected to reach 46,586 by 2023. Four of the six elementary schools are Title I schools, as are the two middle schools and the high school.”

Joy Day | City of Jonesboro | Jonesboro, Georgia

“Massengale Park, a popular city park, is located just adjacent to our City Hall. The park was designed for young children (under age 10). It is a gathering place for families in our community. Having a Little Free Library in that location would provide a great opportunity for families to obtain and read books with their young children. Besides play equipment tailored for young children, a pavilion with picnic tables is located there. Around the perimeter are benches under shade trees. How wonderful it would be to see parents sharing books with their children at our Massengale Park! Reading with young children is fundamental to their verbal development and language skills. Many of our families do not have the funds to purchase books. A Little Free Library would be a godsend for these families and would encourage reading and an interest in books for these youngsters. We are committed as a City to teaming with our local schools on other projects to encourage learning. The Little Free Library would prove yet another tool for our community to encourage early learning.”

Stevie Millett | CE Academy | Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

“We are a small up-and-coming private school for special needs; we also have a physiotherapist located in the building bringing many siblings and family members through this location. I believe having a little library would brighten many of the families and kids faces when coming to drop off or pick up, or remaining while their children are in physiotherapy.”

Deb Wadkins | Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue | Leavenworth, Washington

“This library will be installed on the grounds of the two-room ‘remote and necessary’ public school within the Cascade School District located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range in Plain, WA (20 miles north of Leavenworth). Beaver Valley Elementary School has an exciting and diverse student population of 36 students ages K-5. Our community also supports a vast number of home-schooled children K-12. The children and their families in our Valley are a tightly woven community supporting one another through shared resources and activities. Beaver Valley Elementary School is located in a highly visible and accessible area that borders the Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue Plain Station. This will be the first ‘Little Free Library’ in Plain and the excitement shared amongst the children has fueled their sense of empowerment with the responsibility of maintaining the library and being a part of such a wonderful program.”

Grantees Announced May 2020

Allyson Palaschuk | Made by Momma | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“Made by Momma is a community Resource Centre that thousands of mothers with young children come to each year…. Our hope is to make sure access to books and reading for toddlers, kids, youth and adults is not a luxury. Having a Little Free Library means access for ALL!”

Alura Gilliland | The Dalles, Oregon

“I live on the east end of The Dalles, Oregon, which is a town of about 15,000 people. There are limited activities for kids here in general, but the town is also shaped like a banana so children living on the east or west end of town have limited access to the parks and the library. I also live next to a women’s shelter that constantly has children cycling through every 6 months or so. There are also many middle school aged children within the neighborhood, and I would like to offer them accessibility to reading materials. I am a nurse working in surgery and I was inspired by my 9-year-old stepson’s love of reading. I want to provide accessibility to books for the kids in my local community.”

Amanda Sisk | Greenville, South Carolina

“The Nicholtown community is a home to very diverse group with a large majority of families being of low economic means. Low-income housing and apartments are located on my street and my house is positioned right In front of the school bus stop that serves this section of the community. I see so many children on a daily basis walking down my street and as a teacher I want to provide these children with the excitement and inspiration that a Little Free Library can provide. I know this may be one of the only resources outside of their schools to grow their potential love for books and reading.”

Angela Kelly | William F. Murphy Elementary School | Woodridge, Illinois

Murphy Elementary is a caring community that serves over 400 children within its walls. It is a Title I school that also houses K-2 bilingual students. Its children range in age from 5 to 12 and have a wide assortment of interests, desires and dreams. They are active users of our school library but always want more. During this time of COVID-19, we feel that a Little Free Library is especially in need. Our school library can only do so much to provide books to our users and right now it is sadly closed. If we had a LFL on our grounds, kids would have another option to get books whenever they needed to. Not just when school was in session. The LFL would also provide them with a sense of ownership for not only would they be users but also contributors by being encouraged to add as well as take books from the library. I truly feel it would make the Murphy Way (be respectful, be responsible, be safe) be further extended to the greater community. It will bring students and the community together out of service through one book at a time.”

April Taylor | Reading with Erma | Ft. Meade, Florida

“I have a 501c3 that works with children in Title 1 schools. Recently I have built five libraries and installed two more that were donated. The two donated were placed in migrant farm areas to serve roughly 215 children. I would like to install one in the Ft. Meade migrant farm area that is underserved by their community. I personally go out to these communities twice a week and read individually with children there. I also bring snacks and crafts. I know the children would love the opportunity to have books available as their parents do not have transportation. If I could have plaques for the other two that would be wonderful! Then these migrant farm children could feel like they are part of something special.”

Ashlee Swanson | Alto Park Elementary School | Rome, Georgia

“The community that would be served with this would be students that attend Alto Park Elementary School here in Rome. We are a PreK-5th grade school that fluctuates between 450-500 students. Thirty percent of our student population are English-language learners who are effectively living in book deserts at home. We are a Title I school with large numbers of our students living in poverty. Many students live in homes where the parents don’t even have transportation so driving the distance to the public library isn’t possible. Some of the only ways that they access books are through the school library program. Regardless of their lack of access, my students still love reading and love books. My hope is to build this Little Free Library so that community members, other teachers, and myself can share books with our students and their families. The importance of parents reading at home with their child cannot be understated and we must do everything we can to ensure our students have some kind of access to books when they are not at school. This Little Free Library would do that for children at our school but it would also benefit the larger community as well.”

Carol Heisler | Crystal Lake Kiwanis Club | Crystal Lake, Illinois

“This community has two elementary schools—Canterbury and Coventry—and both schools have a student population where over 50% of the kids qualify for free or reduced lunch. During the summer, the local food bank sponsors a free lunch program for children under 18 years in Ladd Park where we would plant this Little Free Library if we “win” the grant. Because this is an area of modest homes, condos and apartments, we would also strive to stock the library with foreign books especially Spanish. The park is in a residential area close to the two schools and several churches. Although the public library is 1 1/2 miles away, patrons need to cross some very busy and dangerous main roadways which make it difficult for biking and walking families. The Crystal Lake Kiwanis Club has been servicing 6 other library boxes in our area—3 in partnership with the Park District who have already agreed on this location. They also sink the post in concrete for us and locate the library next to a handy bench. We feel that this park is a natural and has sufficient traffic due to its location and the food program.”

Dana Mallory | Ozarks Literacy Council | Springfield, Missouri

“I’m the board president of Ozarks Literacy Council in Springfield, Missouri. Our organization has provided free literacy classes for 51 years! We serve low income people and families with 125 volunteer tutors matched with those that cannot read or read well. Volunteers also read to 39 area preschool classes 4 x annually and give each child a free book. Often it is their first book with no others in their home! We have given children over 4,000 books in 2019 and a little library would support our mission. We are a nonprofit organization with the mission of raising awareness and promoting literacy through free services to adults and children; children are over 75% of our learner base. Our children in the community would greatly benefit from the gift of free books. Literacy is life!”

Darla Kennedy | Meigs Local Schools | Middleport, Ohio

“Our community is a rural, Appalachian county in southeastern Ohio. Our K-5 school serves approximately 700 students. We are an impoverished county, and many of our children have very limited books within their homes. The children in grades K-2 are allowed to take books home during the summer and return them in the fall (this is part of our summer reading program in grades K-2). Our local library is in another town and many of our children live more than 10 miles from the library. If we had a free library box located on our school grounds, this would enable families living close to our school to have additional resources during the summer months.”

Duane Yazzie | Shondeen Estates Resident Organization | Rock Springs, New Mexico

“Shondeen Estates is a housing complex of the Navajo Housing Authority located in the small community of Rock Springs, New Mexico, which has both home ownership and public rental units for approximately 65 families. Our nearest public library is located in the City of Gallup, New Mexico, which is approximately 12 miles away. Students also have access to school libraries provided through the Gallup-McKinley County School system. The students in this housing complex are predominantly of Native American descent and range from PreK to college and would greatly benefit from a neighborhood-based lending library, especially since there isn’t even a local playground, accessible libraries, or mobile library services. They will be positively impacted by having direct and more convenient access to a range of reading materials, which is negatively influenced by high unemployment rates, limited internet accessibility, and limited reliable transportation among other poor socioeconomic conditions. The primary steward has a library science background with a specific focus on children’s and YA literature to help serve younger readers.”

Emily Hicklen | Toney, Alabama

“I am certain that a Little Free Library would revolutionize my low-income, rural, community by filling the gap in accessible education and providing positive educational reinforcement. With this lack of accessibility, residents who are focused on providing necessities for themselves and their families and cannot afford to purchase books are left without. I am passionate about equitable education and this would take me one step closer to fulfilling my goal of ensuring all members of my community are getting the best educational opportunities they can. I would place the library adjacent to the elementary school I went to as a child, as a symbol of gratitude to the community that has supported me both personally and educationally. By placing the library in this central location—which is surrounded by a community center, free clinic, and food pantry, all of which are resources structured for low-income individuals—it allows all members of the community to be positively impacted by the joy of reading. I feel that the library would be well served and gratefully received by every member of the community.”

Erin Chaffe | Communicare Health Centers Kyle | Kyle, Texas

“I am a pediatrician at a federally qualified health center serving mostly low income and undocumented families. Our families are generally Spanish speaking with many working to learn English as a second language. Many of the parents cannot read or write in English or Spanish and are unable to help their children much with their schoolwork. I have been attempting to start a library there for the past few months (currently derailed by COVID-19) but am would love to continue working towards one, as I feel that even though we would focus on the children, my hope is that the ability to read would be passed on to the parents as well. A library would also be helpful for those who wish to learn English.”

Savona Bailey-McClain | New York, New York

“My neighborhood has been in transition for the last ten years. It used to be a drug-infested area. There was a lot of violence. Slowly, our street has changed. There’s a triangle green street in the middle of the road with flowers, shrubs, and a pine tree. I take care of four tree pits where I have created small gardens. We have a coffee shop and juice bar now. Our street has a domestic violence shelter for families, a homeless shelter, and a male transitional shelter. My building has a mixed population—low income, elderly, and mentally challenged. Across the street is a public school. We have worked to calm the street down. The library would help the children feel more empowered by getting a book on their own. The teens don’t want to admit it but still need grownups to take care of them. I would watch over the library everyday and get others to donate. The kids would love it.”

Jackie Carson | Gaylord, Michigan

“Otsego Memorial Hospital would be a wonderful location for a Little Free Library. Otsego County Is a rural and mostly low income community. Children coming for doctor appointments or visiting family who are hospitalized would greatly benefit from access to books and give them something to do while they wait. I believe our community hospital would be the perfect location for a Little Free Library.”

Heather Smurr | Ingram Elementary School | Ingram, Texas

“I teach at a small rural Title 1 school in the Texas hill country. Our community does not have a public library. Our families largely live in poverty, with over 80% of our students in low socioeconomic households. Our entire school population receives free breakfast, lunch, and summer meals. Because feeding their families is the primary concern of most of our population, purchasing books isn’t something that most can afford. The Little Free Library would offer our community access to a continuously changing array of literature to bring learning and adventure to the houses of those who need it most.”

Jamie Clark | Levant Corner Store | Levant, Maine

“We are the community hub for seven surrounding towns and sole grocery, gas, and restaurant for miles. Our local public library closed a few years back. We have been working with the local principal to provide food, internet services, and support to families in need during this time. She also suggested we apply for this Little Free Library to better support our community and kids during COVID when the school library is also closed. We would love to receive one and continue the tradition for years to come.”

Jeanne Alves | Coventry, Rhode Island

“I have started Little Free Library laundromat boxes. I began in neighboring West Warwick, Rhode Island, and my next location is Coventry, Rhode Island. So many young children are dragged to the laundromats. Laundromats often serve families residing in tenement housing lacking resources. Both Coventry and moreso West Warwick are economically challenged family neighborhoods. A real Little Free Library box would be a welcome addition to any laundromat, especially during this COVID-19 crisis; having a box fixed outside would be preferable to bringing replacement books inside the laundromat. I gather replacement books during the month and refill once a month. This will be my second laundromat book box location. I feel the hoopla of being awarded this Little Free Library gift would increase book donations and possibly ignite more passion to promote easy access reading sources in Rhode Island.”

Joshua Sterner | Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania

“[This is a] mixed-income area in the Pocono Mountains, formerly a vacation area. [There has been a] surge of population (35k in just one of the many small communities just in my township) with NO stores within 45 minutes. Many lower-income families close (many not). I run an online comic-book store as a side business so have a lot of graphic trade paperback novels and regular books to keep [the library] stocked regularly. Also very active in the DAV, VFW and MCVA (father is the district commander of VFW and state commander of DAV) as a service disabled veteran. This area needs [a Little Free Library] badly. Closest one is in Jim Thorpe, and many of the other Little Free Libraries are closed around here right now with the virus. If you want [to] make a difference somewhere it’s desperately needed, then here is the place.”

Kaeli Mercado | Kansas City, Missouri

“My name is Kaeli Mercado and I am a homeless woman from Kansas City, Missouri. I would like to start off by sending thanks to all those who have made the Little Free Library possible. Enduring the hardships of being homeless can really take a toll on your spirits. The Little Free Library always takes me away from what can sometimes be a harsh reality. The Little Free Library has been my friend and also my security and my refuge. In my neighborhood there are many people experiencing extreme poverty. My neighborhood is a melting pot for several different cultures. People experiencing extreme poverty suffer on so many levels. Violence in the community is a regular occurrence. In order to change country we live in we must empower the young mind. I believe that if you can read you can teach yourself anything, therefore you can do anything. The location in which I’d like to place a Little Free Library is a place that serves the homeless, helping with showers and a hot meal. Many people that go to Charis Brooks have children, and what a beautiful way to encourage a relationship.”

Kalpana Saxena | Santosha 'Kula' | New Orleans, Louisiana

“This library will be located on a refurbished school bus that already serves homeless populations in the underpass below I-10. Two or three times a week, we park there and provide much-needed services as well as coffee, food, and cell phone charging stations. In the future, we hope to provide access to computers and internet, and yoga and skills for living. I have been bringing books for the people in boxes. It would be great if we could have a Little Free Library that could be wheeled in and out of the bus. The population we serve is deeply appreciative of the books I bring for them from my own Little Free Library #1776. Though I haven’t seen too many children around (which is good) I know that the adults love reading. Thank you for your help.”

Kellie Frederick | Cottonwood Lamppost Neighborhood | Richardson, Texas

“[This is a] neighborhood with several children and high community involvement. With the COVID-19 crisis, it’s even more important to maintain community involvement and awareness. We plan to use the library box not only for books, but canned goods and communication. We live on the corner of two streets, Cottonwood and Lamppost, On the same street as Cottonwood Park, a park with a special needs playground. We are local business owners, exploring and implementing ways to contribute to and protect our neighborhood and community family. In the past few years, several families with young children have moved into our neighborhood. This library box would be a magical addition to our neighborhood.”

Lisa Querijero | Books For Kids | Ann Arbor, Michigan

“Books for Kids will keep the library fully stocked with kids and YA books. We are a grassroots organization that gets books from those who have too many to those who don’t have any. I often have schools and teachers giving me their overflow, and now I have a basement full of books! Our neighborhood is full of kids who need this, and it’s been my dream to have a Little Free Library and decorate it with dragons, my kids’ favorite (Wings of Fire fans!!). Kids need books, and studies show that when books are in the homes and hands of kids, they become more literate and better readers. Thank you for this chance. Books for Kids has donated over 10,000 books to the Philippines, Detroit, Inkster, and Flint. We are currently making literacy packs to give out at food pick-up locations at schools while they are closed. The Little Free Library would be an amazing addition to our organization. KIDS NEED BOOKS!”

Melissa B. | Grand Portage, Minnesota

“We live on a rural Indian reservation in Northern Minnesota. It is 30 miles to a library (which is currently closed). Then next closest is Duluth (120 miles away). Literacy issues are big up here and we would like to encourage local kids who can’t afford to order books the chance to read. My goal is to put two on the reservation eventually. I am a stay-at-home mom with a background in Library Science and have started tutoring programs for the kids up on the res. This would be a HUGE asset to our small community.”

Ngoc-Tran Vu | Boston, Massachusetts

“I live in a working-class community of Dorchester, Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood. In fact, my home is very close to an elementary school with surrounding young people and elders of color. I believe having a Little Free Library would serve many school-aged children and young people in my neighborhood and community well, because it will showcase books and stories by and for people with narratives of struggles and resiliency. There are many children and young adults who are very interested in having a book club and swapping books with one another. There are also many immigrants and refugee families and I would share books in various languages that are accessible and inclusive. Languages such as Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese. In addition, as an interdisciplinary artist and organizer who works from home, I am very interested in organizing and hosting events surrounding stories and storytelling that serves an intergenerational audience on the power and importance of books. I have been a big fan of the critical work and vibrant community of Little Free Library, and I would love the opportunity to bring it to my working-class neighborhood and to share resources for my neighbors.”

Sally Van Cura | Habitat for Humanity of LaSalle, Bureau & Putnam Counties | Ottawa, Illinois

“We are the local Habitat for Humanity, and we are currently building our home at this site. The Little Free Library will be a great addition to this location. The build site is getting a constant flow of volunteers, donors, and media coverage as the build continues. The site is located across the street of a park and McKinley Elementary School, Ottawa so it will continue to impact our community. We have the double lot and there will always be a place for the Little Free Library. This placement will be a great impact for our community. We believe in housing and what it means to the development of our children.”

What an amazing group of Little Free Library grantees! The remaining 50 recipients will be announced throughout the summer, and this page will be regularly updated with their stories.

Thank you to all of our stewards and friends who help support our mission to increase book access for all! If you’d like to help us grant more little libraries to communities like these, please consider making a donation today.


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