Little Libraries Project comes to Tacoma’s Eastside

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Ushka welcomes five new ‘little libraries’ to Tacoma’s Eastside community-led group, 98404 Eastside Little Libraries, to host public ribbon-cuttings on Jan. 26. Photo courtesy of tpchd.org
Ushka welcomes five new ‘little libraries’ to Tacoma’s Eastside
community-led group, 98404 Eastside Little Libraries, to host public ribbon-cuttings on Jan. 26. Photo courtesy of tpchd.org

In collaboration with the City of Tacoma and other partners, the 98404 Eastside Little Libraries Project – a community-led effort – has brought five new little libraries to Tacoma’s Eastside.

“This community-led effort is one of many that illustrates the strength and passion of Tacoma’s Eastside,” said District 4 Councilmember Catherine Ushka. “I am proud to serve this diverse, skilled and creative community.”

The little libraries are located at:

  • Little Blue Box 98404 Free Library, East 49th and G Streets
  • Hogan Family Community Library, East 58th and K Streets
  • Cloverdale Park Neighborhood Library, East 57th and S Streets
  • 40th and I Street Children’s Library, East 40th and I Streets
  • Just the Wright Little Library, Wright Avenue and G Street

“98404 was created to bring literacy, beauty, and community building to the street level,” said project manager and mother Theresa Evans, who credits strong community support for giving the group’s work momentum. “Shannon King is our lead designer and builder, and local artists Amelia Kaiser, Brandi Torres, Jennifer Chushcoff, Katie Marler, Kwanna Wise, Madeleine McKeown, Martha Bowman help paint boxes. We are also grateful for the many contributions of United Way of Pierce County, the Eastside Neighborhood Advisory Council, Lincoln High School, Lowe’s, McLendon’s, Home Depot, Ace, the Tacoma Tool Library, Sherwin-Williams, Earthwise Architectural Salvage and Tacoma Trophy.”

98404 Little Free Libraries’ locations are managed by individual stewards. Visitors may take a book or donate a book. Books may be shared with other little libraries, or among family and friends, but are not to be resold. On occasion, locations may offer other “treats” for visitors, such as bookmarks, painted rocks, school supplies and more. More information about this community-led effort is available through Theresa Evans at 98404LFLprojectmanager@gmail.com.

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