Since January of this year, Friends of Norfolk Public Library (FNPL) has initiated and supported the addition of 25 Little Free Libraries in the same number of neighborhoods in Norfolk. Twenty wooden book exchanges were built and installed by FNPL’s Norfolk Little Free Library Project which includes city and community organizations and FNPL volunteers. We have provided support, training and resources for five additional (privately owned) libraries.
FNPL has reached out to several community groups this spring asking for carpentry volunteers to build 10 more wooden book exchanges using our two story plans or other plans they may find or design. Ideally, more wooden libraries will be available for homes in early Fall of 2018.
Little Free Library Project Applications and Information:
While FNPL desires to build and provide libraries free to neighborhoods, any home or business owner can also construct and install a book exchange of their own! FNPL is happy to then orient the library “steward” (or keeper) and promote the library as part of our Norfolk Little Free Library network to include placement on our interactive little library map found on the Norfolk Public Library website norfolkpubliclibrary.org.
- Steward Job Description
- Steward Application
- Norfolk Little Free Library Partners
- Little Free Library Plans
An exciting new twist on the project is a donation from the Virginian Pilot of 18 “retired” newspaper dispensers! These soon-to-be Little Free Libraries are being refurbished by Metal Concepts and will soon be primed and ready for decorating by volunteer artists. Several boxes are committed and will be painted by the stewards.
This exciting project furthers the Norfolk Public Library and the Friends of Norfolk Public Library goals of creating a city of lifelong learners! The Little Free Libraries facilitate the sharing of books among neighbors and readers wherever they live in Norfolk. Please contact us at the above email or via Facebook @FNPLva to volunteer or for more information!