The Little Free Library


Little Free Library, Rockaway Beach

There are only two Little Free Library locations in all of Queens, and both of the book lenders are located in Rockaway.

The neighborhood kiosks are designed on the honor system of “take a book, return a book.” Suzanne Riggs of Neponsit was motivated to help recycle books, as well as to spark some neighborliness when she set up her Library (at Cronston Avenue and Beach 142nd Street) in 2015. “I love to read and am an avid recycler,” Riggs said. “The Library is used mostly by teenagers and adults, and it has really helped us connect. People stop by to chat, and I have received some lovely notes. And I would gladly mentor anyone who would like to get their own kiosk set up.”

Riggs ordered her kiosk from the Little Free Library website and installed it with the help of a friend. But the organization will also register any custom-built library.

There are also two kiosks located on Beach 134th Street, immediately north of Rockaway Beach Boulevard. These were donated to the community in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Todd Bol founded the Little Free Library in Wisconsin in 2009. Bol built and installed the first model as a tribute to his late mother, a former schoolteacher. The mission of the organization is to “promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.” There are now an estimated 36,000 Little Free Libraries across the world.

A Little Free Library can be installed and registered for as little as $50. For more information on how and where to install a kiosk, please click here, or contact Suzanne Riggs at riggsysu@gmail.com.

To find other Little Free Library locations around the world, please see their map.