What are Little Free Libraries?
A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange which does not require the use of a library card. Anyone may “borrow” a book left in a Little Free Library or donate one (or more) of their own. Although often distinguishable by its birdhouse shaped exterior, little free libraries come in all shapes and sizes (click here to view some examples opens in a new window).
History of Long Beach Library’s Little Free Libraries:
The Long Beach Public Library (in collaboration with the City of Long Beach) installed its first four Little Free Libraries in 2014 based on the idea of librarian Tanya Suarez-Matos. Since then, the program has expanded. Today, there are more than half a dozen Little Free Libraries stationed throughout the City of Long Beach and in the hamlets of Lido Beach and Point Lookout. Although most are taken down during the harsh winter months, others (such as the one in the Long Beach LIRR train station) remain stocked throughout the year.
Where are Long Beach Library’s Little Free Libraries located?
Where do the books come from?
The Little Free Libraries are stocked by staff members of the Long Beach Library with paperback books donated to the Library by the Long Beach community. Books can also be added directly by members of the public.
Who decorated Long Beach Library’s Little Free Libraries?
The current Little Free Libraries were decorated by Michele Asarch, Melinda Greenberg, Amber Werner, and Tanya Suarez-Matos.