We invite you to participate in building a community of readers throughout our parks and amenities with SAMLARC’s new Little Library program!
Research has demonstrated that increased access to books enrich children’s academic performance. Children who grow up in homes without access to books fall an average of three years behind their peers academically. The simplest and most effective solution to this issue is to increase community-wide access to reading material.
SAMLARC has created a program based on the research and success of Little Free Library to increase the community’s access to books at key parks and amenities. There are over 75,000 Little Free Libraries throughout 88 countries all over the world, and millions of books are exchanged each year. Imagine the wonderful stories SAMLARC members could exchange through little libraries throughout our community!
At the July 24th, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board approved the creation of a SAMLARC Little Library program, and the application process was approved at the September 25th, 2018 meeting. The SAMLARC Little Library program operates on a “take a book, leave a book” principle, inviting community members to bring their gently-loved reading material to Little Libraries and exchange them for others. But first - these books need a home to rest before traveling with another reader!
We invite you to partner with us in building libraries throughout SAMLARC! The Little Libraries present a unique opportunity to fosters SAMLARC’s readers and to create a legacy within the community. Potential locations for the libraries include:
Lakeshore Amphitheater and Park
Monte Vista Park
Arroyo Vista Park
Los Abanicos Trail
The blueprints for a SAMLARC Little Library are easy to follow, making it a great weekend project. Builders have a wide variety of options available to customize their library, from paint to fixtures to design! Whether you’re a master craftsman or a group of friends looking for a fun and worthwhile new project, building a Little Library will truly enhance your connection with our community.
To get started on building a SAMLARC Little Library of your own, please click HERE to visit the Little Library page!
Check out these local Little Free Libraries for inspiration!