San Joaquin County: First 5 offering grants for Little Free Libraries

from the Stockton Record

“The brightly painted and repurposed newspaper boxes began to appear around Stockton, mostly on the south and east sides, in the first half of 2014. By late last year, Stockton had 21 of the “Little Free Libraries” — street-side sites that promote early childhood literacy in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Now, with assistance from First 5 San Joaquin, the ‘Little Free Library’ program is receiving a boost toward achieving its goal of reaching 100 sites around the city.”

http://www.recordnet.com/article/20150121/News/150129898

Los Angeles: Little Free Libraries on the wrong side of the law

from the LA Times

“Officials in Los Angeles and Shreveport, La., have told the owners of homemade lending libraries that they’re in violation of city codes, and asked them to remove or relocate their small book collections.”

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-little-free-libraries-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-law-20150204-story.html

Stockton: Little Free Libraries: seeking stewards for upkeep

from the Stockton Record-Net

“In May, the Wilson Way Neighborhood Initiative and other volunteers joined the fight against illiteracy in our community by launching an innovative project to improve access to books in low-literacy neighborhoods through what are called Little Free Libraries, a nationally recognized program. Old newspaper vending machines donated by The Record were transformed into Little Free Libraries, which were installed in neighborhoods and commercial areas that lack a local library, providing those neighborhoods with a way to freely borrow and exchange books.”

http://www.recordnet.com/article/20141206/NEWS/141209684/101087/A_NEWS

Councilwoman starts book drive for LAPD’s ‘Little Free Libraries’

from MyNewsLA.com

“The Los Angeles Police Department opened its 18th Little Free Library at its West Valley Station Thursday. City Councilwoman Nury Martinez is helping stock the free lending library…Officer Heidi Stoecklein, the police department’s Little Libraries coordinator, said people check out about 2,400 books per week at sister locations.”

http://mynewsla.com/government/2014/11/06/councilwoman-starts-book-drive-lapds-little-free-libraries/

Berkeley residents love their little free libraries

from KQED.com

“What are these structures popping up along the sidewalks of Berkeley? Big birdhouses? Doll houses? Or are they homes small enough to actually be affordable in this crazy real estate market? Nope. None of the above. They are actually part of a worldwide phenomenon called Little Free Libraries.”

http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/10/29/Berkeley-little-free-libraries