Little Free Library

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Elysian Valley has it’s very own ‘Little Free Library’.  The library (image below) is located next to the sidewalk near the intersection of Blake Ave and Riverdale Ave. This library, which is open to everyone, is an honor system where you can ‘take a book, leave a book’ and promote reading and education in the neighborhood.  For more information about the program we have supplied a few links below. Thank You Lali and Anne Marie for establishing this library in Elysian Valley.

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The following text is taken from the facebook page for the ‘Little Free Library’:

“First, who are we? We are Rick, Todd, Nicole, Megan, Melissa, Jim, Elizabeth, Jessica, Shari and Celena (among others!). Nicole is our main Facebook expert and if you need to contact her, she can be reached at

We’re building and promoting “Take a book, leave a book” structures that fit in a front yard, by a sidewalk, coffee shop or park and are just big enough to hold 20-30 books that kids and adults can give and take.

Built with recycled materials, designed and decorated by neighborhood groups and watched over by volunteer stewards, each little “habitat for the humanities” turns over its collection several times a month. People seem to love the idea. They can’t steal the books because the books are “free”–freely given by neighbors from their own collections, used bookstores, authors and others who love the sense of community that the Little Libraries create.

Each LFLibrary will be located on a Google map with GPS coordinates. Many will have a theme–anything from heroes and geography to weather, children around the world, adventure, food, the environment, gardening…you name it.

This nonprofit program is also generating support for libraries in villages in Asia, Latin America and Africa as well as the U.S. But it all starts small. As the Little Free Library network expands, local and national sponsors see the value as much as the children and adults who share their books and build “their own.”
We want to break Andrew Carnegie’s record of 2,509 community free libraries.

We recognize that people support what they help create. Partners are welcome!”