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Hillsboro Library Takes to the Parks with Tiny Branches
Looking for fresh air, green grass and something new to read? Visit a Tiny Branch kiosk installed in seven Hillsboro parks (see list below) grab a book and get started. No library card required!
Looking for fresh air, green grass and something new to read? Visit one of the new Tiny Branch kiosks installed in eight Hillsboro parks (see list below) grab a book and get started. No library card required!
Based on the Little Free Library’s “take a book, leave a book” concept, Tiny Branches represents a true community partnership bringing the City’s Parks and Library departments together with strong base of local volunteers.
Eagle Scouts build and paint the Tiny Library structures before handing them off to Hillsboro’s Park Maintenance staff to install and maintain. Books are provided by the non-profit Friends of the Library group. Resident volunteers adopt their local Tiny Branch, curate the collection and keep the kiosk stocked.
List of Tiny Branch Locations as of September 2019:
Orenco Woods Nature Park
Walnut Street Park
Francis Street Park
Turner Creek Park
“This is a great volunteer opportunity for families with small children to do together,” says Marsha Hale, volunteer coordinator. Along with keeping their kiosk’s shelves full--a great job for the littlest volunteers--Tiny Branch “Librarians” also track popular titles, chat with neighbors about the kind of books they want and report the results to library staff.
This microtargeted approach ensures each community gets a unique and meaningful mix of materials. It also keeps volunteers involved and excited. “This program doesn’t work without engaged volunteers,” says Tim Peterson, Library Support Specialist.
So far there hasn’t been a lack of interest. Over 50 people have applied to adopt one of the eight Tiny Branches.
Library and Parks staff hope to eventually install a Tiny Branch in every Hillsboro park. “We want to get our services out to everyone,” says Librarian Supervisor, Amanda Pena. “Not everyone goes to the library. This is our way of delivering books to every corner of the city.”