Little Free Libraries

Invest in our promising young readers and their bright futures.

Donations are tax deductible.

Tax ID - 83-4336023

Little Free Libraries is an initiative that matches a sponsor with each Little Free Library that is placed within a community to promote the joy of reading.

 

Our goal is to increase access to culturally diverse books for readers of all ages and backgrounds and foster neighborhood book exchanges throughout communities where children and families do not have access to books. Each little free library is listed on the Little Free Library World Map.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:

Individual - $1,500

Family - $2,000

Non profit - $2,500

Business - $3,000

 

Includes:

Little Free Library 

Library post and topper

Official charter sign

Tribute plaque

Books to replenish the library

For more information or to sponsor a Little Free Library email: lvstorytime@gmail.com

A check may be made payable to: Storytime Crafts

Mail to:

Storytime Crafts

31 Thorpe Road, Studio 105

Needham, MA 02494

Thank you for your support!

1. Storytime Crafts

Gorse Mill Studios, 31 Thorpe Road, Needham, MA 02494

Installation: October 5, 2020

Visit: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/ to find this library registered on the world wide map.

Charter #110778

Donated in partnership with Ken Davison, MD.

Gorse Mill Studios is a group of people who, through their common interests and like-mindedness, have formed a creative community for the benefit of each other, the neighborhood and the town. The Gorse Mill Studios building continues to be a place where imagination, creativity and craft bring people together in support of the arts. 

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"So proud of all your efforts during this hectic pandemic. Wonderful work. Appreciate being a small part of it."

-- Ken Davison, MD., retired anesthesiologist

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2. All Dorchester Sports and Leadership

Town Field Library

1565 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

Installation: November 7, 2020

Visit: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/

to find these libraries registered.

Charter #113041

Donated in partnership with Ken Davison, MD. 

ADSL's focus on wellness and academic success encourages healthy habits and choices for youth and their families. ADSL offers an alternative to risky behaviors where young people can excel in sports, build self esteem, develop leadership skills, and engage with positive role models and mentors. 

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 "We are so excited to have a little library in our community! It brings a smile to our faces whenever we see young kids and their parents excitedly picking books out of the little library. It is  proving to be a valuable resource for families in our neighborhood who may not have access to other reading materials during this isolating time. Looking forward to increased activity at the "library" this year!" 

 

-- Candice D. Gartley, Executive Director, All Dorchester Sports & Leadership

3. Dimock Community Health Center

55 Dimock Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

Installation: March 11, 2021

Charter #113358

Donated in partnership with The Wagner Family

Founded in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children, the Dimock Center heals and uplifts individuals, families, and their community. Operating on a nine-acre campus in Roxbury, The Dimock Center serves communities in Boston and across the state, providing comprehensive, culturally-competent Health and Community Care, Behavioral Health Services, and Child and Family Services to more than 19,000 people annually.

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"We are incredibly grateful to partner with you. The love and care of you and your volunteers are so clear and means a great deal to all the children, families, and patients we support at Dimock. In less than one year, Storytime Crafts and your many other partners have had a visible impact on our Dimock community."

-- Raquel Rosenblatt, Chief Development Officer, The Dimock Center

4. Greater Ashmont Main Street

1906 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124

Installation: April 24, 2021

Charter #113765

Donated in partnership with The Melton and Sullivan Families 

Greater Ashmont Main Street strives to maintain and further develop their district as a welcoming destination for those from inside and outside the area.

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"Our staff and Board loved working with Lisa and her team at Storytime Crafts. The LIbraries have been a wonderful addition to the Greater Ashmont Main Streets District. It's great to see neighbors, especially children grab books from the boxes."

 

-- Jeanne Dasaro, Executive Director, Greater Ashmont Main Street

5. Greater Ashmont Main Street

Greater Ashmont Library

10 Ashmont Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

Installation: April 24, 2021

Charter #123033

Donated in partnership with Greater Ashmont Main Street 

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6. Menino YMCA

1137 River Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136

Installation: May 11, 2021

Visit: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/ to find this library registered on the world wide map.

Charter #123294

Donated in partnership with Alex Sham

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7. Roxbury YMCA

285 Martin Luther King Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02119

Installation: May 11, 2021

Visit: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/ to find this library registered on the world wide map.

Charter #123957

Donated in partnership with Kenny, Joanna, and Evan Raskin

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Greetings from the YMCA of Greater Boston!

I am thrilled to add my voice to the chorus singing the praises of Storytime Crafts and Lisa Vergara! I was introduced to Lisa by my Y colleague Claire Kaiser, as someone that I must meet. Lisa was described as a literal connection to all things literary in Greater Boston. And man, was Claire right.

     Lisa and I talked on the phone and established an immediate connection as well as a passion for bringing the love of books to the communities of Boston. Within weeks with the support of the Sham Family, the Raskin Family, the Martin Richard Foundation and Lemon House Publishing, we had Little Libraries at our Y’s in Hyde Park, Roxbury, Dorchester and Roslindale.

     The experience has been wonderful and the joy that the Little Libraries have brought to our families has been immeasurable. Lisa and Storytime Crafts deserve all the accolades and support that come their way and then some. With much appreciation and gratitude.

Kathryn Saunders, Executive Director, Roxbury/Menino YMCA

8. Haynes Early Education Center

263 Blue Hill Ave, Roxbury, MA 02119

Installation: June 16, 2021

Charter #125328

Donated in partnership with A to Z Child Care and Preschool 

Haynes Early Education Center provides full day K0, K1, K2 and 1st grade classrooms. Many of their classrooms are fully integrated to accommodate children with special needs.

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As the Boston Public Schools district focuses on equitable literacy and cultivating the genius of its students, Storytime Crafts and its sponsors are doing their parts. Books everywhere, for every subject and occasion. We have established a new partnership with Storytime Crafts and what a blessing they have been since this past spring. This partnership is significant and aligns with the Haynes Early Education Center “Our mission, as ‘The Second Happiest Place on Earth’ is to partner with families and communities to develop the essential skills children will need to achieve success and excellence in our global society.”

     Lisa Vergara and her husband David came with little library in hand, tools, and drill, and most importantly books. Some books were given by ReadBoston as well. Our students had the opportunity to witness the installation of the little library. They were immediately drawn to the books and storytime took place in that very moment. This was great to witness and exemplified a partnership that is aligned with our vision (The Haynes is to be a benchmark of Excellence in Early Childhood Education).

    We also installed the Little Free Library in our school yard that is used by our students and the neighborhood community. We have shared more than 100 books since its installation. During the school day students are checking it out and when we let them know (again and again) that they can keep the books, they are surprised every time. This has been a great investment. Our sponsor Eileen Rakhunov, Director/Owner of A to Z Child Care and Preschool in Needham also attended the installation and another new relationship has been born. We are excited about these new partnerships and the lifelong benefits that our school community will receive as a result of Storytime Crafts generosity.

 

Donette Wilson, Principal

The Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes Early Education Center, Roxbury, MA

9. ABCD Parker Hill/Fenway NSC

714 Parker Street, Roxbury, MA 02120

Installation Date: July 22, 2021

Charter #125744

Donated in partnership with Needham Bank, 1457 Tremont Street, Mission Hill

ABCD is part of the Community Action Network, created with the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act, which was signed into law in 1964. The Act was a sweeping plan to improve the lives of all Americans. ABCD is a nonprofit human services organization that each year provides low income residents in the Greater Boston region with the tools and resources needed to transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success.

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"We love having a little free library at ABCD. Throughout the day, I see our clients and other members of the community gravitating toward our library. They will look through all of the books to find ones that interest them. Sometimes we have to refill the library several times a week because people are always stopping by to get more books. We’ve also noticed an increase in community engagement. People will stop by and add books and flyers for local events into the little library."

-- Jenny Sugilio, Immigration Services Coordinator, ABCD Parker Hill/Fenway NSC

10. Catholic Charities of Boston at Labouré Center

275 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

Installation Date: September 3, 2021

Charter #127798

Donated in partnership with Dedham Savings

Labouré Early Childhood Services is a diverse center based community dedicated to providing a nurturing environment and inviting children to use their senses to explore and develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

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11. Dorchester YMCA

776 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

Installation Date: September 30, 2021

Charter #129550

Donated in partnership with The Martin Richard Foundation 

The Martin Richard Foundation works to advance the values of inclusion, kindness, justice and peace. We invest in community programs that broaden horizons for young people and encourage them to celebrate diversity and engage in positive civic action.

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12. Washington Beech Playground Library

Beechland Circle, Roslindale, MA 02131

Installation Date: October 7, 2021

Charter #127301

Donated in partnership with Lemon House Publishing 

Lemon House Publishing strives to help young writers build confidence by guiding them through the process of writing and publishing their own children’s books. Through teaching both virtual and in-person classes, students are led through the process of brainstorming, drafting, peer editing, revising and illustrating their own children’s book. Following the program, Lemon House Publishing publishes each student’s book on Amazon with profits going to a local Boston, MA charity. 

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Lemon House Publishing empowers children by teaching them the process of writing their own children’s books. If the student’s family chooses to publish their book at the end on Amazon, profits from book sales go to Storytime Crafts. Book sale profits from this past year made it possible to install this Little Free Library.

-- Jacky Lamenzo, Founder, Lemon House Publishing

13. Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School

650 East 4th Street, South Boston, MA 02127

Installation Date: April 13, 2022

Charter #139886

Donated in partnership with the Rotary Club of Needham 

The Tynan Elementary School has a culturally and academically diverse student population, welcoming general education, Special Education ABA, and English learners in our school. We believe our students are GREAT- Genius, Resilient, Excellent and Tenacious.

I want to take a moment to once again thank you for your wonderful and unyielding support of the Joseph Tynan Elementary School.  Our community absolutely loves this new resource! 
     We truly appreciate the ongoing partnership and are forever grateful to your commitment to literacy.  Words cannot express the heartfelt gratitude that I have for The Rotary Club of Needham and Storytime Crafts, Inc. 
     Your generous gift is one that will continue to yield positive results for the entire Tynan and South Boston community.  Please know the Tynan students were all excited and had a chance to visit the new library during recess today.

     Additionally, families visited today at dismissal and we received many positive comments.  Your support helps to make the Tynan a hidden gem within the Boston Public School System.  Thank you again for the books, games, bookmarks and additional resources. They will all be used with care and love.

-- Leslie Gant, Principal, Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School, South Boston

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14. Brookview House

35 Hansborough Street, Dorchester, MA 02124

Installation Date: April 20, 2022

Charter #140705

Donated in loving memory of Jill Fiering, who believed all kids should have books!

Brookview House is a multi-service nonprofit organization for women, children and youth experiencing homelessness that develops safe, affordable housing with support services and programs on site, confronts the root causes of family homelessness and addresses the distinct needs of each family member – children, youth and adults – positioning families for social and economic mobility and long-term stability.

The day our Little Free Library was installed, our youth were so excited. The entire process was interactive; the youth participated in the installation and stocked the library! This is real community ownership!

     We've learned from research that increasing access to books and giving youth the choice to choose what they want to read improves their academic performance and attitudes toward reading. Thank you, Storytime Crafts!
--Deborah Collins-Gousby, Chief Operating Officer

Brookview House, Dorchester

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15. Linden Street 

166 Linden Street, Needham, MA 02492

Installation Date: May 25, 2022

Charter #129551

Donated in partnership with the Rotary Club of Needham 

The Needham Housing Authority's mission is to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing for low to moderate income families and individuals and to offer programs and resources to improve the quality of life for residents, program participants and the broader Needham community while respecting the rights and privacy of all.

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16. Captain Robert Cook Drive 

28 Captain Robert Cook Drive, Needham, MA 02494
Installation Date: May 25, 2022

Charter #134917

Donated in partnership with the Rotary Club of Needham 

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17. Julie's Family Learning Program

133 Dorchester St, South Boston, MA 02127
Installation Date: TBD

Charter #140704

Donated in partnership with Dedham Savings