Palisades ‘Little Free Library’ fills in during branch’s renovations

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Catherine Timbers of the D.C. Daughters of the American Revolution shows off the group's new Little Free Library at 4620 MacArthur Blvd. NW. (photo courtesy of Catherine Timbers)

The D.C. Daughters of the American Revolution opened a “Little Free Library” on Sunday at 4840 MacArthur Blvd. NW, hosting a ribbon-cutting and book giveaways.

The red, white and blue miniature library, which holds about 15 books, is located outside a condo building where the Daughters of the American Revolution owns two units. “We are grateful for this opportunity to promote literacy in our community,” the group’s librarian Catherine Timbers said in a news release.

The Little Free Library program involves outdoor kiosks that property owners install and stock with books. Borrowers are encouraged to leave behind a book of their own. The program’s website, littlefreelibrary.org, lists a few dozen Northwest locations and thousands more nationwide.

In this case, the Daughters of the American Revolution is helping fill in for the Palisades Library, which closed for renovations March 4 and is slated to reopen later this year. “We are providing books for the Palisades waiting room as they wait for their new public library to be renovated,” the group’s regent, Janet McFarland, said in the release.