We have a lofty goal to eventually place a Little Free Library in every park we have which would total about 52 Little Free Libraries. We want to begin our program by placing Little Free Libraries in our parks that have recreation facilities. We will use the staff at the facilities to help maintain the libraries and to act as “librarians” for our libraries making sure they stay stocked with lots of books for people of all ages. We will also use our RSVP, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, as well as other partner organizations such as the Columbus Literacy Alliance, and UGA Columbus Extension office to help in maintaining the books at each Little Free Library.
We will use old metal newspaper boxes that we will acquire from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer to retro into new Little Free Libraries. We will also be utilizing the carpentry staff of the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department to build artistic and wooden Little Free Libraries as well.
Analysis: Parks and Recreation is requesting to receive grant funds from its state organization, Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA)
Financial Considerations: The grant amount requested is $1,000 for the Department of Parks and Recreation and the city of Columbus. There is no City match required.
Recommendation: Approval is requested to submit an application and if awarded accept funds for $1,000 from Georgia Recreation and Park Association for our “Little Free Library Program. The books will be donated by the organizations in the community and will be stored at one of our recreation centers. No matching funds required