October 23, 2020

Need a book to read? Visit one of five new Takoma Park Little Free Libraries! The libraries were built by Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library (FTPML) Treasurer Walter Mulbry using a grant from Community Forklift’s Community Building Blocks Program. Painted by local artists Samantha Contrino and Katie Macyshyn, the libraries feature portraits of influential female authors and activists to represent and celebrate women’s empowerment and Takoma Park’s cultural diversity.

Created as part of a public art project funded by the City of Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Division, the libraries are ready for use and have been installed in underserved areas throughout the city to increase access to free books.

Want to check out the art and grab a book? You can find the 5 new Little Free Libraries here:

  • Maya Angelou
    8630 Flower Avenue near Piney Branch Road intersection
  • Senedu Gebru
    Anne Street near University Boulevard East intersection
  • Juana Martinez-Neal
    Sligo Mill Overlook Neighborhood Park at 6400 Orchard Avenue
  • Rigoberta Menchu
    Aldi shopping center at 7609 New Hampshire Avenue
  • Virginia Woolf
    8308 Flower Avenue

To learn more, check out this segment featured on Takoma Park City TV!

Thank you to FTPML Treasurer Walter Mulbry, artists Samantha Contrino and Katie Macyshyn, and the Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Division for encouraging literacy and public art in their community! And congratulations to Walter for winning a 2020 Todd H. Bol Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of building over 20 Little Free Libraries!


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