LAPD offers ‘Little Free Library’ to give kids safe place to read and learn

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A community library was unveiled today inside the lobby of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Olympic Division to give children a safe place to read and share books.

The library is meant to promote literacy and to be a gathering place where neighbors can gather, according to LAPD Capt. Tina Nieto.

“If we can get kids reading, it can open possibilities. It gives them hope; they start thinking about the world beyond where they just live and just makes the world a better place,” Nieto said.

All the books are free and anyone is welcome to pick up a book and contribute another one to share, Nieto said. The books are registered online.

“I’m hoping to see a lot more kids come here and read books,” Nieto said.

LAPD cadets will serve as stewards of the library, which will be open 24 hours a day, just as the station operates.

Officers plan to start reading programs and involve local schools, according to Nieto, who said the library was opened with the help of the Olympic Area Boosters Association and the nonprofit organization A Chance for Children.

Tai Collins, founder of the Chance for Children Foundation, said having a safe place to read makes this a positive program.

“They (police) do so many amazing programs and things with children and the community and I don’t think people are aware of it,” Collins said.

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