Weinland Park‘s focus on Equitable Housing and Mobility, Access to Basic Needs, Quality Neighbor Interaction, Personal Interests and Community Involvement, Public Safety, Workforce Development, Education and Child Development, Use of Computers and Media, Economic Well‐Being, and Health reflect a long history of engagement in our community, which occupies roughly 215 acres just southeast of The Ohio State University’s main campus.
We have almost 5,000 residents in 2,000 households. 50% of our residents are African-American and there is a substantial Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern, and growing Somali population. Only 18% of our neighbors have full time employment. 43% of our neighbors have experienced gun violence personally. Read the full report here.
When respondents to this survey of 26% of our neighborhood expressed that “programming that provides more creative activities and outlets for children” are needed, we saw that building a “Little Free Library” at 4th Street Farms, among a lush garden accented by murals, provided one programming opportunity that engages body and mind. This “Little Free Library” also builds on a affinity for reading that the same survey captured, showing a 99% literacy rate, with 92% of families reporting they read to their children 11 and under. Yet, 52% of children are not actively engaged in extracurricular activities with barriers being financial, transportation, and time. Along with other great programming being developed in Weinland Park. 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.
Since installing the LFL at 4th Street Farms, we’ve inspired 12 LFL’s to spring up all around the neighborhood in a network of free books. Check them out!