Cleveland’s police department has four Little Free Libraries located within their stations. Like any of the other Little Free Libraries around Cleveland, people are free to stop by and check out a book. The difference is in the community relationships this builds.
Last year when the Little Free Library opened at the Chester Avenue station, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams stressed how the police-community relationship deepened with each Little Free Library. Similar sponsorships have happened in other large cities like Los Angeles and Minneapolis. A book in a police station goes a long way. Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau notes how “Kids often interact with police only when something sad or scary happened.” She says, “We hope Little Free Library will help residents and police get to know each other a little better because books are a good conversation starter.”
The community has been involved with the Cleveland Police Department’s Little Free Library from the beginning with the local middle school donating over 1,000 copies to jumpstart the program.
Learn more about what the CPD and Little Free Libraries are doing here: