Folk Park LFL

This Little Free Library in Folk Park is one of several installed recently in Newark.

In an era of technology and screen time, there is something truly special (at least to me) about time with a good old fashioned print book. However, between busy schedules, the many devices vying for our attention, and now, the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become harder to make the time and get access to a good book.

According to National Public Radio, in 2009, the first Little Free Library was built in Wisconsin. By November 2016, there were 50,000 registered Little Free Libraries in 85 countries worldwide. Currently, there are about 37 boxes in the greater Newark area. Generally, each box has a “steward,” the community member who installed and upkeeps the box.

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