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New Castle County moves quickly to expand Little Free Libraries

Delaware Public Media

New Castle County is expanding its Little Free Libraries program to the whole county.

The pilot version of the program is currently in 20 neighborhoods in one council district.

The plan is to take it county-wide using federal CARES Act funding.

The Little Free Library book-sharing boxes, for residents to share books, are conveniently accessible in neighborhoods.  They became more popular when library operations were limited during the COVID-19 pandemic.

County Executive Matt Meyer says more neighborhoods can apply to create their own now.

"You can go to the Little Free Library application online if you just Google New Castle County Little Free Library you can see from now until November 25th you can go and fill out the application," said Meyer. "The application won't take you more than 10 minutes to complete and if you're chosen if you're successful you will get a free little library in your community. It's basically like a box."

Meyer adds they hope to more than double the current number.

"We hope to get up to 50, it's sort of our low goal and our high goal that would make us ecstatic is if we could get to a 100,:"said Meyer. "Now the time is limited, again only one week to do it, but there's no reason not to do it. I encourage particularly younger people to go ahead and apply."

Those who apply will know by December 1 if their neighborhood is chosen.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.
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