SAVANNAH, GA. (May 9, 2018): The Savannah Police Department recently installed a new addition to headquarters, a Little Free Library. This small library, placed in front of SPD headquarters, is meant to increase access to books in the community.
“Reading opens the mind to new ideas and furthers education, but can also be very exciting,” said Assistant Chief Kerry Thomas. “We look forward to opportunities like this to engage with the community on a sharing collaborative that has benefits for all.”
A second Little Free Library has been placed outside of the Southside Precinct.
“The SPD is dedicated to community outreach programs and fostering good relationships with the public, especially with kids,” said Southside Precinct Captain Joy Gellatly. “Southside Precinct’s Little Free Library gives kids the opportunity to not only get a book to read, but also to run into a police officer. These encounters can do wonders in helping to build trust.”
The books placed in the libraries are entirely free. We encourage the community to take advantage of the libraries, but consider leaving books as well. Savannah Police officers have already started placing books in the libraries.
According to the Little Free Library organization, this nonprofit has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association. Reader’s Digest also named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.
SPD Headquarters: 201 Habersham St, Savannah, GA 31401
Southside Precinct: 7804 Abercorn St #118, Savannah, GA 31406