February 20, 2018

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A Little Library Grows in Brooklyn | Picture of the Week

Commiserating over their overflowing bookshelves and the teetering piles of novels in the corners of their space-challenged New York City apartments, author Emily Jenkins and Library Journal staffer Barbara Genco decided to do something about their problem. Together they purchased a Little Free Library and installed it in their Brooklyn neighborhood. “I love [Little Free Libraries] as ways of promoting reading, re-using books, and creating a sense of community. Barbara, being a super librarian, always has loads of books to give away, and so do I—so together we decided to put one up. One nice thing is that a number of families in the neighborhood immediately asked if they could donate books to the library as well as take them.” Jenkins also reports that neighborhood children with a lemonade stand counted six “library patrons” in 90 minutes.


Author Emily Jenkins (l.) and Library Journal‘s Barbara Genco (r.) install a Little Free Library in their Brooklyn, NY, neighborhood.


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Daryl Grabarek About Daryl Grabarek

Daryl Grabarek dgrabarek@mediasourceinc.com is the editor of School Library Journal's monthly enewsletter, Curriculum Connections, and its online column Touch and Go. Before coming to SLJ, she held librarian positions in private, school, public, and college libraries. Her dream is to manage a collection on a remote island in the South Pacific.

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