Gallery 53, also known as the Meriden Arts and Crafts Association, is delighted to announce a recent grant from the James H. Napier Foundation in the amount of $4,000.
The Meriden Little Free Libraries project will place up to 15 Little Free Libraries throughout several Meriden parks and Meriden Housing Authority locations. Little Free Libraries (LFL) are small, stand-alone bookcases that encourage neighborhood book exchanges around Meriden and the world. This is truly a collaborative endeavor of several Meriden organizations including the Meriden Parks and Rec and Meriden Housing Authority for providing locations; Wilcox Tech carpentry students who will build the Libraries; Gallery 53, along with the public, who will decorate the Libraries; Amici Della Vigna who will install the Libraries; Meriden Public Library and Friends of the Library who will stock the Libraries and the Kiwanis Key Clubs and Lion Leo Clubs who will maintain the Libraries. The Charity Club of Meriden has graciously donated $250 towards the purchase of books for the Meriden school’s summer reading list.
The Little Free Libraries (littlefreelibraries.org) will contain a variety of books for all ages, where patrons are encouraged to "take-a-book, leave-a-book" throughout the Meriden locations. These 15 Libraries will add to the two LFL’s currently at Giuffrida Park and at Tom’s Place in South Meriden, along with several locations in Wallingford, Cheshire and Southington.
A Facebook page, Meriden Little Free Libraries, https://www.facebook.com/groups/299953807587105/, has been created to keep the greater Meriden community updated about the progress of this project. Truly, “if we each do a little, together we can accomplish a lot”, applies to the cooperative nature of this project. All the participating organizations are grateful to the James H. Napier Foundation for recognizing the value of the Little Free Library project with the aim to increase reading and literacy throughout the Meriden community.
The James H. Napier Foundation is committed to assisting non-profit organizations meet the existing and emerging needs of children, youth and families living in Meriden and Wallingford.