The Boca Raton Public Library recently installed small free libraries filled with books for all ages in three cities in Boca Raton parks.
The Little Free Libraries, funded by the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, can be found at J. Patrick Lynch Golden Fig Park, 600 NW Seventh St., Boca Isles Park, 100 SW 14th St. and Sand Pine Park, 300 Newcastle St.
Following the success of the StoryWalk Nature Trail program, library staff wanted to continue adding resources to the community, leading to the installation of the small free libraries.
“A handful of years ago, our library manager saw a presentation of Lake Worth Little Free Libraries, and she really liked the idea,” said Shilo Perlman, event and community engagement manager for Boca Raton Recreation Services. ‘That was what inspired it. It sat in her brain for a while. When COVID hit, we started another program called StoryWalk, where we put the stories along the nature trails, and it was very successful.
“She thought, ‘I’ve had small free libraries in the back of my brain. It’s worked elsewhere. Let’s try this,’ Perlman said. “Let’s put it in parks, and let’s see, because it’s a nice thing for society to have access to books and reading if they can not get to the library.”
Boca Raton Public Library staff will continue to keep the boxes filled with hand-picked books thanks to donated books from Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library’s second-hand bookstore.
The Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library is a nonprofit voluntary and membership-driven organization that supports and enhances the value of the Boca Raton Public Library. The non-profit organization raises funds through membership fees, donations and bookstore sales.
“When we were first interested in making the small free libraries, one of our first things was that the library manager asked the library’s friends if they would be interested in sponsoring it,” Perlman said. “Of course they said ‘yes’. They jumped on it and were excited about it.”
The Little Free Library, a nonprofit focused on expanding book access, has over 125,000 registered units and can be found in all 50 states and 110 countries.
Visit littlefreelibrary.org and myboca.us/2020/Library.