RVCA, with the leadership of board member Christina Currie recently arranged to install a book lending library in Virginia Young Park. It is at the western end of the park, near 9th Ave. and the billboard. We'd like to share some guidelines to ensure the long-term success of our library.
Who Does the Library Belong to? All of us, so please take care of it. The library was funded using RVCA membership dues and it was filled by residents who want to share their love a good book. The City of Fort Lauderdale was kind enough to install it for us. If you ever notice the library door left open please close it to keep the books dry. If you ever see a book on the ground please brush it off and put it in the library. If you ever see any damage to the library please email a board member.
How Does It Work? Find a book you would like to read and then go ahead and BORROW it. When you are finished with the book, return it in the condition you received it or pass it on to a friend.
Who Keeps the Library Full of Books? We all do! If you have a book that you would like to share donate it to our little library for someone else to enjoy. If the library is full when you want to make a donation please come back another time and try again, don’t leave your donation outside of the library.
Who Built the Library? When we decided to move forward on installing a “little library” the City of Fort Lauderdale put me in touch with Ayiesha Wright-Smith of First Teachers Association. Ms. Wright-Smith began setting up reading nooks in Barbershops to share the love of books in 2012. Soon after that she coordinated with Jorge Hurschka and Mark Almy from the City of Fort Lauderdale to figure out how to offer little libraries to park patrons. Ms. Wright-Smith credits Mr. Hurschka of the Neighbor Volunteer Office with helping to find volunteers in the City of Fort Lauderdale to build the libraries. The Parks and Recreation department assist by not only installing the library but by giving attendees of city aftercare programs the opportunity to decorate some of the libraries.