Monrovia Fire Department Builds 'Little Libraries' for the Community

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Credits: Nathan McIntire, Monrovia Patch

The number of libraries in Monrovia will soon multiply after the Monrovia Fire Department built five small book exchange boxes that will be placed throughout the city for the Monrovia Reads "Little Libraries" initiative.

The "Little Libraries" will house books that can be checked out on the honor system. Residents are encouraged to add their own books to the boxes as well.

Monrovia Fire Capt. Brad Dover built the libraries from scratch out of plywood on Saturday and volunteers from the Monrovia Public Library's Teen Advisory Board painted them on Sunday, Monrovia Fire Chief Christopher Donovan said.

"We have five of these little libraries built and the next step is we're going to have to find locations throughout the city to install them," Donovan said.

The advisory board is currently considering locations for the "Little Libraries" and Donovan said his hope is that they'll be installed in the next few weeks.

"Hopefully this is going to be another great example of Monrovia Reads pushing hard for literacy in our community," he said.