Little Free Libraries from SFUSD AAPAC and Community Partners Provide Books Featuring Diverse Stories

A child views a newly-completed Little Free Library at the Robinson residence between Castillo and Santos in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

The SFUSD African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) has partnered with Access Books Bay Area, Little Free Libraries Read in Color initiative, and other organizations to help bring outdoor and indoor Little Free Libraries to some of San Francisco’s most historically underserved communities.

Read in Color, which launched as part of Little Free Libraries in Minneapolis following the murder of George Floyd, will supply books that provide perspectives on racism and social justice, celebrate BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices, and incorporate experiences from all identities. The AAPAC will provide additional books from its partnership with SF Public Library’s Redistribution Center and the Children’s Book Project.

Children assist with installing the Little Free Library at the Robinson residence between Castillo and Santos.

The goals of offering these free grab and go books are to build community, inspire readers, and increase access to books with authors and protagonists that reflect San Francisco’s diverse communities. The AAPAC’s partnerships will ensure that offerings will be diverse and inspire children to imagine new possibilities as they take their journeys through books.

Children read books from the Little Free Library at the Hines residence at La Salle and Newhall in the Bayview.

A peek at the books and materials at the Little Free Library in front of the Hines residence

Little Free Libraries by AAPAC are currently at Tenderloin Community School, Bessie Carmichael PreK-8, Willie Mays Clubhouse, the Hines residence at La Salle and Newhall, the Robinson residence between Castillo and Santos, MoMAGIC/Collective Impact at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, and Booker T Community Center. There is an additional location in the works in the Bayview as well as two locations coming in Potrero Hill.