Monrovia Fire Department Builds 'Little Libraries' for the Community

Five boxes will be placed throughout the city for residents to exchange books as part of the Monrovia Reads "Little Libraries" initiative.

The number of libraries in Monrovia will soon multiply after the Monrovia Fire Department built five small book exchange boxes that will be placed throughout the city for the Monrovia Reads "Little Libraries" initiative.

The "Little Libraries" will house books that can be checked out on the honor system. Residents are encouraged to add their own books to the boxes as well.

Monrovia Fire Capt. Brad Dover built the libraries from scratch out of plywood on Saturday and volunteers from the Monrovia Public Library's Teen Advisory Board painted them on Sunday, Monrovia Fire Chief Christopher Donovan said.

"We have five of these little libraries built and the next step is we're going to have to find locations throughout the city to install them," Donovan said.

The advisory board is currently considering locations for the "Little Libraries" and Donovan said his hope is that they'll be installed in the next few weeks.

"Hopefully this is going to be another great example of Monrovia Reads pushing hard for literacy in our community," he said.

Tom Adams September 27, 2012 at 03:19 PM
It didn't start out as an official program, Captain Dover volunteered this on his own and it has gone from that. Monrovia continues to improve each time someone volunteers!
Michael Lee September 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
How about one outside of Mayflower Elementary! This corner of town is a long walk from the library, but the neighborhood is filled with kids who love to read. If they don't want to host it, our family would be happy to place on in our front yard, on Hillcrest.
Candace Northrop September 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
This is a perfect example of the community of cooperation that exists in Monrovia. Someone gets a a wonderful idea, and people pitch in together to get it done! Roger and I would be happy to host a Little Free Library on our property!
Linda Moca September 28, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I would like more specific information! Where can we drop off books for the new mini libraries? Are they accepting books at the fire department or is there a preferred book drop-off spot? What type of books are you looking for the most? Are they looking for new books or is used OK? My girls are now young adults but I still have many of the books they read growning up! Thanks!
Elizabeth Schneider September 28, 2012 at 09:17 PM
The Little Libraries is a very exciting project created by the Teen Advisory Board from the Monrovia Public Library. This teen project was discussed at a Monrovia Reads Board meeting. The Fire Chief is a member of the Reads Board and after hearing of the project, he volunteered to get involved. This is a fabulous collaboration between the Library, the Fire Department and Monrovia Reads. The teens are currently doing research to decide on locations in Monrovia to install the Little Libraries. Teens are excited to get books in the hands of youth who are unable to visit the Library building. Information about how to donate books to the Little Libraries will be available once the structures are installed. The Monrovia Public Library Teen Advisory Board is so happy for the enthusiastic community response.


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