ROSELLE, NJ - It’s a Sunday afternoon and you are relaxing and think to yourself, I wish that I had a book to read, but the library is closed. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to look on a map and find that a Free Little Library is just up the street?

That is the vision of Roselle resident Juli-Anne Benjamin who believes that everyone in the community should have instant and immediate access to books in their neighborhoods anytime they wish. 

According to Benjamin, a Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange where residents can donate magazines, newspapers and even school supplies. 

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Currently, there is one Free Little Library set up in front of the Roselle School District Office located at 710 Locust Street. Benjamin a veteran educator, is seeking donations to bring more Free Little Libraries, the neighborhood book exchange program, to all five wards in Roselle. 

Benjamin was honored on Wednesday evening by Mayor Christine Dansereau and Council members for her vision in bringing this project to the community. Fifth Ward Councilman John Fortuna read and presented a proclamation to Benjamin. 

Video of the presentation and Ms. Benjamin’s acceptance remarks can be viewed below.

Benjamin will kick start the program at her home in the 5th ward, by purchasing her own Little Library and donating from her personal collection, for the project.   

Councilman Fortuna will also be hosting a Little Library and said, “I applaud Juli- Anne for stepping up to bring the Little Free Library program to Roselle. Her efforts will improve the quality of life for many of our residents.”

A Free Little Library kit can be purchased through Benjamin. The cost of the kits is $200 and includes step-by-instructions, pre-cut pieces, all necessary hardware, and instructions on how to register the library on the Little Free Library Map. “The map is one of the biggest benefits of the program,” said Benjamin. Her hopes are that many residents will participate and anyone traveling through the community can pull up the map and find a book nearby. 

If you would like to purchase a Free Little Library kit or want to make a donation of any amount to help put a Liittle Library elsewhere in the town, you can send a check made out to “Roselle 24/7” and mail it to Councilman John Fortuna ℅ Borough of Roselle, 210 Chestnut Street, Roselle, NJ 07203. 

You can read more information on the program by visiting the Free Little Library Twitter page by clicking on the link lhttps://twitter.com/RoselleReads

*Roselle 24/7 is a local 501c-3 non-profit organization and owned by TAPinto Publisher Kathy Lloyd. 

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