Thanks to funding from the Foundation of the Atlantic City Free Public Library, the library will launch a project that will make books even more accessible to the community.
The library will unveil its first “Atlantic City Free Public Library Little Library Project” on Saturday, April 22, at 12 p.m. at O’Donnell Park in conjunction with the Second annual Stockton Community Day Clean Up and Party in the Park. Representatives from the library's foundation, Board of Trustees and staff, and city and Stockton University officials will be on hand for the unveiling during a brief ceremony. The public is invited to attend this event, which will held one day before the start of National Library Week.
A Little Library is a book-sharing box that is accessible 24/7, removing barriers to book access to all members of the community. Little Free Libraries promote neighborhood book exchanges in public bookcases, where people are encouraged to take a book from the box and share one for somebody else to enjoy. In addition to having a book-sharing box, the Atlantic City Free Public Library Little Library Project at O’Donnell Park will include a bench for those who wish to read.
Atlantic City Free Public Library staff will maintain the Little Library, regularly stopping by to check on its condition and, when necessary, to supply more books. It will contain books for people of all ages. Many of the books included in the Little Library were donated by the Bridge of Books Foundation.
This Atlantic City site is an official location of the Little Free Library organization – a nonprofit based in Minnesota. The first Little Free Library book-sharing box was built in 2009 in Wisconsin. There are now more than 150,000 registered Little Free Libraries around the world. More than 300 million books have been shared through registered Little Free Libraries, profoundly increasing book access for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
The library has plans to expand the program in the city. Civic associations, ward leaders and members of the community are invited to contact the library about the possible placement of a Little Free Library in one of their nearby parks. Please contact library staff member Kristen Reid-Ortiz at (609) 345-2269, ext. 3044, or email her at kreid-ortiz(at)acfpl.org for more information.