Answered By: Rachel S. Langlois
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2016     Views: 8

What is a Little Free Library?

  • According to the Little Free Library website, “It’s a ‘take a book, return a book’ gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.”

How many Little Free Libraries are in the world?

  • The LFL website reports that “by January of 2014, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 15,000, with thousands more being built.”

Why is New Hanover County participating in this program?

  • New Hanover County is committed to community literacy and enhancing the quality of life for our residents.

  • Parks and libraries are natural locations for people to gather for learning, recreation, enrichment and improved mental and physical health.

  • We are excited about taking books donated to the library and making them available in NHC Parks through Little Free Libraries in the Park.

Do NHC Parks and Library Departments have other partnerships?

  • Yes! Other collaborative projects include Preschool Math and Science programs and Story Walks. Parks also runs the Executive Development Center in a facility shared with the Northeast Library. Like these other projects, we expect Park Pages to be a win-win partnership for our two departments.

  • See all the current Park Programs here.

What is the Parks Department’s role in providing Little Free Libraries?

  • The Parks Department provides space. Parks staff builds and installs the boxes and provides upkeep to the outside of the boxes as needed.

What is the role of the Library in providing Little Free Libraries?

  • The Library provides books to stock and replenish the Little Free Libraries as needed. Library staff work with volunteers to monitor the book collection.

How many Little Free Libraries will are there?

  • As of August 2016, there are Park Pages in Northern Regional Park, Hugh MacRae, Arrowhead, River Road Park, Kings Grant, and Smith Creek.  River Road was constructed as a senior project. An Eagle Scout is currently building one for Ogden Park.

What kinds of books will be in the libraries?

  • We provide an assortment of books to start with, including popular fiction and nonfiction and children’s books. Since people are invited to “take a book, leave a book,” the selection varies. Volunteers monitor the material and change it up as needed.