Little Free Libraries

Last summer, a wonderful (and persistent) crew of our teens built, painted, and decorated three Little Free Libraries (LFLs) to put in three public spaces in Burbank. We are so proud of the job they did, the skills they learned and shared, and the creativity they expressed on their LFL boxes!

The Burbank Public Works Department has now installed all three LFLs--one on the Chandler bike path, where it intersects Buena Vista Street, one on Glenoaks at Scott Road, behind the bus stop, and one at the Metro Station on Front Street near downtown.

The teens have painted each box thematically: The box at the bike path is adorned with genre-specific illustrations (fantasy, science fiction, and mystery); the box at the Metro has various methods of travel (everything from cars to submarines to flying carpets) with appropriate literary allusions attached to each; and the box at the bus stop shows a cross section of bus riders, and what can happen when your mind is sparked alive by reading.

We are continuing to accept both teen and adult volunteers who will choose appropriate books to go in each box (we have done some research about demographics, convenient formats, language skills, and so on), and be responsible for checking up on and refilling the LFLs periodically. If you are interested in participating, please email

If you'd like to see more photos of the teens in action, you can go to the photo album page of our BPL Teen Facebook page.

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