Can’t make it to the library? Grab a Book at 3 Parks in Boca Raton – Sun Sentinel

The Boca Raton Public Library recently installed small free libraries filled with books for all ages in three city parks in Boca Raton.

The small free libraries, which were funded by the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library, are located 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 for the community, which led to the installation of the small free libraries.

“A few years ago, our library manager saw a presentation of the Little Free Libraries of Lake Worth and she really liked the idea,” said Shilo Perlman, events and community engagement manager for the city of Boca Raton Recreation Services. “That’s what inspired me. It stayed in his brain for a while. Once COVID hit we started another program called StoryWalk where we put the stories along nature trails and it was very successful.

“She was like, ‘I got little free libraries in the back of my brain. It worked in other places. Let’s try this,'” Perlman said. that it’s a good thing for the community to have access to books and reading if they can’t get to the library.”

Boca Raton Public Library staff will continue to keep boxes filled with hand-selected books from books donated by the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library Used Bookstore.

The Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library is a voluntary, nonprofit, member-driven organization that supports and enhances the value of the Boca Raton Public Library. The non-profit organization raises funds through membership dues, donations and bookstore sales.

“When we first became interested in creating the small free libraries, one of our first things was that the director of the library asked the Friends of the Library if they would be interested in sponsoring him”, Perlman said. “Of course they said ‘yes’. They jumped on it and were thrilled.

The Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization focused on expanding access to books, has more than 125,000 registered units and is located in all 50 states and 110 countries.

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Angela C. Hale