Locals Launch Fundraiser to Put Little Free Library in Logan Circle

by Tim Regan April 19, 2016 at 10:30 am 4 Comments

Photo via Little Free LibraryTwo Logan Circle/Shaw residents have launched a crowdfunding campaign to put a new Little Free Library on 14th Street.

Stephanie Dahle-Adams and Haley Herbst yesterday launched a GoFundMe page to install a new free book hub at the Luther Place Memorial Church at 14th and N streets NW. They’re seeking $600 for the project, according to the page.

“We feel everyone deserves easy access to a good book,” they wrote. “We’re looking to improve the neighborhood by providing a Free Little Library at the corner of 14th and N in Washington, D.C.”

“While no official statistics exist, we consider this area to be in a library desert,” Dahle-Adams and Haley Herbst continued. “Both the Shaw and MLK library are a long walk or bus ride away, especially for children.”

A Little Free Library is a small cabinet, usually placed outside, where people can to take or leave a book, free of charge. Dahle-Adams and Herbst said they’re “planning on purchasing a simple model . . .which includes an additional shelf with larger space for children’s books.”

The project has so far garnered the support of the Luther Place Memorial Church and Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans.

“Logan Circle is one of the most vibrant and livable neighborhoods in the District and this Free Little Library will make it an even better place to live and raise a family,” Evans said in a statement. “I encourage everyone to support the Free Little Library on 14th Project so that we can bring this little facility to our community, and more importantly, to use the library to share books with neighbors.”

Photo via Little Free Library

  • LoganHero

    There is already one literally two blocks away at 13th and O. Hardly a “little library desert.” How about spacing them out a bit?

    • Stephanie Dahle-Adams

      Hi there! While there is a LFL on 13th and O, we chose this spot for a few reasons. The one on O doesn’t have space for children’s books, and there are a lot of children living on N Street (btw 14th and 15th Street). Additionally, it will be right across the street from N Street Village, and we heard from residents there it will be very welcomed.

      Finally, since neither of us own a place, finding a public spot that is not a tree box for this LFL was a challenge. We’re grateful Luther Place agreed!

      Hope that helps clarify 🙂

    • christensent

      I do agree, the more the better. At the same time, I have been grateful for the longstanding free library at 13th and O next door to me. Thank you to the sponsors and for those who continue to reach out with age-appropriate donations. And thank you to past donors; future stocking of children’s books would be most appreciated.

  • anonymous

    This area really is a library desert. The little free library is a good start, but a public library is desperately needed in the area.


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