New Little Free Library coming to Fire Station #3 – community invited to celebration & potluck on April 5

The community is invited to join together for a community celebration and potluck on April 5 at 5:30 p.m., at Fire Station #3 in the Top of the World neighborhood, in celebration of the new Little Free Library coming to the Laguna Beach Fire Station #3. 

Bring your appetite, a dish to share and pull up a chair in the fire station! Wine is also allowed at this event. The fire station will provide tables and chairs.

The Little Free Library Foundation has donated a library box under their Impact Giving Program for installation in front of Laguna Beach Fire Station #3.

The library will serve firefighters, the school community, and neighbors, with the primary goal of raising awareness about nature, wildlife, and our local environment in a time of increasingly dangerous fires and lengthier fire seasons. As with other Little Free Libraries, the fire station’s library will also be stocked with books to entertain as well as inform. 

Fire Station books

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Firefighters were inspired by Ellen Girardeau Kempler’s Little Free Library, just a few blocks away from Fire Station #3

Because Laguna’s Fire Station #3 was the staging area for the fight against a June 2018 wildfire that threatened and forced evacuation of the Top of the World neighborhood, this is an especially well-timed gift that symbolizes the important partnership between communities and their fire departments in fire preparedness, prevention, and safety.

In keeping with the terms of the gift, neighbor Ellen Girardeau Kempler, who submitted the grant application, will assist helping maintain the library and will organize one community program – a story time or presentation – during the coming year. She will also see that the library is registered on the Little Free Library organization’s map and work with the city to promote the library through photos, news stories, and blog posts. 

To help keep the library stocked, firefighters and community members are welcome to replenish it, keeping in mind the objectives outlined above. Ellen will also seek assistance from Transition Laguna and other community groups, including the “book fairies” to help replenish. 

Fire Station #3 is located at the corner of Tree Top Lane and Alta Laguna Boulevard in Top of the World.