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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Media Relations

Unveiling of LAPD Hollenbeck Area’s Little Free Library

WHAT:   
LAPD Hollenbeck Area launches the Little Free Library at Hollenbeck Station

WHEN:   
Thursday, October 23, 2014
10:30 a.m.

WHERE:   
LAPD Hollenbeck Area Station
2111 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
    
WHO:    
LAPD Captain Martin Baeza, Commanding Officer, Hollenbeck Area
LAPD Captain Gerardo Lopez, Commanding Officer, Hollenbeck Patrol Division
A Chance for Children Foundation
BookEnds
    
WHY:   
To unveil the Hollenbeck Area Free Library with a reading with children from Sheridan Street Elementary school.    

DETAILS:   
LAPD Hollenbeck Area in conjunction with a local non-profit organization, A Chance for Children, has partnered to establish a Little Free Library inside the Hollenbeck Area Station lobby.  This library will function as an educational outreach tool for children and community members in Hollenbeck Area that will build a sense of community, while promoting literacy and a love of books.

The Little Free Library will be a gathering place where neighbors can share their favorite literature and stories.  In its most basic form, it is like a shelf full of books where anyone may stop by, pick up a book and contribute another one to share.  The library is registered on a national registry where community members can locate it online.  All books are free for children of all ages and will be categorized by age group reading levels.

The goal of the Little Free Library is to provide a positive influence on community quality of life and provide a place for neighbors to meet and get to know each other through “community in the station programs.”  LAPD Cadets will serve as stewards of the library to help teach important life skills, ownership of a project and the importance of community.  Additionally, police officers will be involved in providing book-reading programs at the station with local schools.  

More information about opportunities with the Little Free Library is available at www.littlefreelibrary.org.  The books will be re-stocked through generous donations from non-profit organizations, community members and police officers.

Members of the media interested in attending should contact Officer Nathan Ruvalcaba with the Hollenbeck Community Relations Office at 323-342-4143.


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