We are thrilled to share that eight neighborhood parks throughout Philly are now home to Little Free Libraries!
Little Free Library is considered the largest book-sharing movement across the country, where people are invited to “take a book, share a book.” This year, Fairmount Park Conservancy offered volunteer Park Friends Groups the opportunity to bring a Little Free Library to their park.
“Parks have offered us so much this past year. And now, we’re glad that neighbors, families, and friends across the city can experience the simple joy of reading a book in the park,” says Erin Engelstad, the Conservancy’s Park Stewardship Manager.
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The Conservancy created the opportunity for neighborhood parks to receive a Little Free Library, in lieu of our regular Event & Program Grant. Parks could also apply to receive branded T-shirts or Tabling Kits, complete with branded table covers and supplies, which would help them with their outreach efforts to encourage neighbors to volunteer and get involved at their local park.
Along with bringing 24/7 book access to the neighborhood parks, the Little Free Libraries also allowed the opportunity to partner with PowerCorps PHL, a workforce development program. PowerCorps PHL fellows spent the summer constructing and installing the Little Free Libraries in all eight parks.
PowerCorps PHL installing a Little Free Library at Pleasant Playground.
To find a new Little Free Library near you, check out the map below:
To get involved with your neighborhood park, please visit loveyourpark.org. Love Your Park is a program in partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and 130 volunteer groups who stewards their parks and gardens across the city.