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Only these libraries look like birdhouses. They don’t require library cards or late fines, don’t insist that patrons whisper or stay quiet, and don’t mind if you do not return a book.

As of 2017, there are more than 65,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 80 countries…and now, Beach Park!

The Village of Beach Park, in cooperation with the Zion/Benton Library and Lynne Epperson of Illinois Meemic Insurance is pleased to roll out the Little Free Library program throughout the Village of Beach Park. Ms. Epperson began the program through her connection at Kenneth Murphy Elementary in 2017, and earlier this year the Village and Zion-Benton Library joined forces with her to get the program rolled out throughout Beach Park.

Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. The more the merrier! If you take a book (or two) from a library, you do not need to return that exact book. However, in order to keep the Little Library full of good choices for the whole neighborhood, the next time you swing by the Library bring a few books to share. Little Library book exchanges function on the honor system; everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside. This way, we all win!

Most Little Free Libraries are placed in front yards, parks, gardens and easily accessible locations. The Libraries are built to withstand weather of all kinds and hold 10-20 books. There will be a library installed in Founders Park, at Village Hall and other public places.
What do the Little Libraries look like?

The libraries are about the size of a mailbox and sit about four feet high once they are mounted.
The library box is approximately 22” wide, 20” deep and 28” tall and comes mounted on a five-foot 4" x 4" post. Residents who are interested in hosting can see the first library that was recently installed in front of Village Hall.

I am interested in hosting – what do I do?
Residents who are willing to host a Little Free Library can contact Village Hall at 847-746-1770 and Public Works will install the library on your property, in a location of your choice, but near a sidewalk or bike path. The libraries come as pictured, but hosts are free to customize them.

Do I have to fill it with books to start?
Nope! After your library is installed by Public Works, all you have to do is contact Ms. Lynne Epperson at 224-643-7506 provide the name and address and ages of family members and they will deliver books to you to get your library started.

Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Let’s bring this movement to Beach Park -- call Village Hall to sign up to host your library today!