Take the little free library challenge and give a gift to your neighborhood
Take the little free library challenge and give a gift to your neighborhood

One box and family to be featured on the cover of Hollywood Gazette

Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front-yard book exchanges number more than 75,000 around the world in 85 countries —from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan.

Hollywood Gazette is challenging Hollywood home owners to construct and install a Little Free Library in their neighborhood by December 15 for a chance to be featured on the cover of the Hollywood Gazette’s January 2020 issue with the story of the family who constructed it.

“The Little Free Library movement is aligned with our mission to connect the community,” says Hollywood Gazette publisher Jennifer Love. “It’s our hope that this Little Free Library challenge will bring neighbors together and create communities of readers.”

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association, and Reader’s Digest named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.”

Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.

Enter your Little Free Library in the challenge below by December 15.

Take the little free library challenge and give a gift to your neighborhood
Take the little free library challenge and give a gift to your neighborhood

Where can I place the library?

While the City of Hollywood does not require a permit, the following general guidelines should be considered before installation:

Book-sharing boxes:

• Should not be located within or overhang the public street right-of-way or any public easement;

• Should not obstruct vehicular, bicycle or pedestrian traffic, either physically, or by a person utilizing the Little Free Library;

• Shall not obstruct access aisles or paths utilized by persons in wheelchairs or for ADA accessibility;

• Should be placed in a front yard (area between the front wall of a building and the public street right-of-way);

• Enclosures should be sized and arranged such that no person or child is able to enter;

• Should be anchored to the ground or otherwise securely attached to something having a permanent location on the ground.

Contact your neighborhood association or HOA if you’re unclear about the permissible placement of a book-sharing box in your community.

Submit your installation of a little free library.
  • Who was involved in the project? Please provide their names and relationship to you.
  • Where was the box installed?
  • Why did you take the Little Free Library challenge?
  • Did anything surprise you about the experience?
  • Upload up to 5 photos documenting the project.
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.
  • Did anything surprise you about the experience?

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