Clearwater Initiates Little Free Library Program for the Community
The city of Clearwater is initiating the Little Free Library program to encourage residents to erect a community “library” in their neighborhood.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – In an effort to promote literacy and community placemaking, the city of Clearwater is initiating the Little Free Library program to encourage residents to erect a community “library” in their neighborhood. Little Free Libraries are free book exchanges where anyone can take a book or donate a book.
To celebrate the program, the city of Clearwater is raffling three Little Free Libraries to participating neighborhood associations. Visit myclearwater.com/placemaking_playbook to apply to win one of three Little Free Libraries. The deadline to apply is Nov. 18.
Residents can also design their own Little Free Library. One option is to use recycled materials. The designs can be creative and colorful to enhance the neighborhood and draw people to the Little Free Library.
Clearwater residents can also independently order a pre-made library that can be painted, decorated and installed.
The Little Free Library can be installed in front of a variety of places including a home, business, garden, coffee shop, public building, bus stop or school. The goal is for the Little Free Library to be placed in a location with high foot traffic to give people an opportunity to pick up or return books to the library.
To move forward with the Little Free Library, residents can contact Juliahna Green, the city’s neighborhoods coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 562-4559.
“In addition to supporting literacy and acting as a wonderful venue for public art, Little Free Libraries facilitate an amazing sense of community connection by giving neighbors a chance to meet each other and give back to each other,” Green said.
This is the fourth placemaking project the city has launched this year. The city has also introduced Sidewalk Rain Art, Signal Box Art and the Storm Drain Mural Program. All programs are active and have received widespread community interest and support.
To learn more about the Little Free Library, Sidewalk Rain Art, Signal Box Art and the Storm Drain Mural Program, visit myclearwater.com/placemaking_playbook or email email@example.com.