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The National Little Free Library program encourages people to place structures housing books for free exchange. Stockton’s first Little Free Library, registered as part of the national effort, is located at the Family Resource and Referral Center on Weber.

Since May, organizations including the Wilson Way Neighborhood Initiative, the First 50 and Delta Health Care have collaborated with City Councilman Moses Zapien in response to the permanent closure of the Fair Oaks library in east Stockton placing more than twenty Little Free Libraries in Stockton. The partners have embraced the Little Free Library concept and extended it to increase literacy access to underserved areas like my own neighborhood near the Van Buskirk Golf Course in South Stockton.

Although the national program offers an official sign and inclusion on a national map for about $40 per library, the Stockton program sensing the importance of getting books into the hands of eager readers are placing the Little Free Libraries without signs (and fees) and making its own map of locations with stewards who agree to care for each library.       

In addition, the Stockton program is recruiting books and donations for supplies.  The program hoped to collect 500 books in a recent book drive.  The public outpouring was so great over 2000 books were collected. 

The Stockton Record has generously donated the newspaper boxes that have been converted into libraries.  Painting parties have made this a real community effort.  The next opportunity to paint libraries is during The Record’s Literacy and Book Fair Family Day in the Park held at University Park (Magnolia & California) on September 20 from 9:30 to 3:30.

The program’s eventual goal is to place 100 Little Free Libraries throughout Stockton.  Please join the effort. For all the latest news, like Little Free Library Stockton on FB.