Agenda Item # 8
Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting
04/12/2016
Agenda Report #110


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Georgia Recreation and Park Association Innovative Grant

INITIATED BY: Parks and Recreation Department


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

Background: A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch.

The books that will be used to fill the Little Free Libraries will be donated by organizations within the community. As a department we have been collecting books for approximately two years and storing them at one of our recreation centers. We have garnered partnerships with the local Chattahoochee Valley Library System, the Columbus Literacy Alliance, Barnes and Noble, UGA Cooperative Extension Service, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Newspaper, Fort Benning Children and Youth Services, and Midtown Columbus. These partnerships will enable us to continue to gather books and keep the Little Free Libraries maintained and stocked for years to come.

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


A RESOLUTION
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A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR, AND IF AWARDED, ACCEPT A GRANT FROM GEORGIA RECREATION AND PARK ASSOCIATION (GRPA) TO FUND A “LITTLE FREE LIBRARY”.

WHEREAS, the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) recently announced a new grant program for its agency members; and,

WHEREAS, the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) New Initiative Grant program is intended to spur innovation in parks and recreation services at a local or regional level; and,

WHEREAS, grant funding is available for agencies submitting the grant application, with the future applicability for other agencies at a local, regional or statewide level; and,

WHEREAS, initiatives can be defined as programs, services or events; and,

WHEREAS, five $1,000 grants are being made available for agencies initiating new programs in their communities; and,

WHEREAS, grant funds must be expended within the agency’s current or upcoming fiscal year in which it is awarded.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager or his designee is hereby authorized to submit an application and if approved, accept funds from Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) to fund “Little Free Library” program.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the __________ day of ____________________, 2016, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _______ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor