Little Free Library

img_1306Along with other great programming in Weinland Park. The Little Free Library at 4th Street Farms provides an option that is not only free, but also is 1/2 block from the Weinland Park Elementary School & Schoenbaum Family Center. It is a central location within short walking distance from every corner of the neighborhood.

Since installing the LFL at 4th Street Farms, we’ve inspired 12 LFL’s to spring up all around the Weinland Park neighborhood in a network of free books. There are now Little Free Libraries at the Weinland Park Elementary SchoolGodman GuildHuck HouseCommunity Properties of OhioTerrace Place5th Street Bird Sanctuary, Indianola-Euclid Garden, 5th Street Gardens and more! Check them out!


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Building a literacy friendly neighborhood

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community. Little Free Libraries have been called “mini-town squares” because they bring people of all ages together to expand their minds through sharing ideas. Share the gift of books. Support a Little Free Library at 4th Street Farms today!



aaron-and-lflThe Design

We have been nominated as a finalist in a international design competition. We are releasing our construction plans as open source materials for everyone to build on!  It’s truly a design worthy of sharing. This is a space where community members can “take a book, leave a book,” as well as enjoy the experience of reading in a garden. This space is inviting & provides the opportunity to read and enjoy green space. Placing this Little Free Library at 4th Street Farms in Weinland Park has significant community impact in areas of  youth connections, literacy, education, safety, creativity, and a lifetime of engagement.


The Plan

We raised over $2500 for building materials including exterior building materials, handles, hinges, name plates, quick-crete and lighting. COSI donated acrylic for the doors. Columbus Idea Foundry donated the time to cut the plan out on the CNC. We used all volunteer labor to put it together. We have collected books to stock the shelves. The plan is in motion and working!


The Community

4th street farms partnered with Bonga Media Group to fundraise for this project. Together with the support of A Good Start and the community we brought Weinland Park an amazing little library. A Little Free Library at 4th Street Farms provides an option that is not only free, but also is 1/2 block from the Weinland Park Elementary School & Schoenbaum Family Center. It is a central location within short walking distance from every corner of the neighborhood. There are now over 12 Little Free Libraries that have sprung up all around Weinland Park, inspired by the one at 4th Street Farms.


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