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Find A Little Free Library In Belmar

If you’re looking for something new to read while sunning on Belmar beach, stop by one of the Little Free Library boxes in Pyanoe Plaza, on Ocean Avenue, or in a nearby neighborhood.

There, you’ll find a diverse selection of paperbacks and hardcover books – yours to take free of charge. You're also welcome to drop your surplus books in one of the hand-crafted boxes, as the Little Library is also intended to serve as a community book exchange. “Take a book. Share a book,” is the Little Free Library motto.

According to the Little Free Library website, “Our mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led Little Free Libraries. Our vision is a Little Free Library in every community and a book for every reader. We believe all people are empowered when the opportunity to discover a personally relevant book to read is not limited by time, space, or privilege.”

The first Little Free Library was constructed in 2009 by Hudson, Wisconsin, resident Todd Bol as a tribute to his teacher mother. Over the years, Little Free Library has grown into a global nonprofit organization with over 125,000 library boxes in more than countries. Over 42 million books are exchanged and shared annually.

“My little library has ‘PEACE’ in many languages, surrounded by the sun, the moon, the stars in the sky,” says Belmar resident Merry Brennan, who is a Belmar Free Little Library steward on 11th Avenue. “It's a message that brings smiles to the many tourists who stop to borrow a book on their way to the beach in the summer and to dozens of kids who walk by on their way to school the rest of the year. I've even gotten little notes of thanks from some of my returning visitors!”

Little Free Library Belmar NJ
Little Free Library at 404 11th Avenue in Belmar.

In March 2022, Little Free Library launched a mobile app to help visitors find registered library boxes in their area via an interactive Google map. The app has some pretty neat features in addition to the map locator, such as the ability to “check in” at your library stops and keep a list of Little Libraries that you have visited. You also can add Little Libraries to your “favorites” list and leave messages for the Little Library stewards that maintain the book-sharing boxes under their care.

The steward of the Little Free Library at 32216th Avenue shares her motivation for getting involved: "I'm a bibliophile and have shared my love of books in various ways, often purposely leaving a book behind in random cities and countries. A Little Free Library has been on my bucket list for many years. This year, a dear friend, handcrafted a Little Library as my birthday/Christmas present. We live in a small New Jersey beach town and our house is on an often-traveled path to the beach. I hope to encourage beach reading with our library. It will contain books for adults and children. Please visit."

Download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Visit the Little Free Library website for more information or to learn more about registering your own Little Library.


Little Free Library Locations Around Belmar

5th Avenue Free Little Library

Ocean Avenue and 5th Avenue in front of Taylor Pavilion

Merry Brennan’s Little Free Library 404 11th Avenue

Belmar, New Jersey 07719

Bella’s Little Free Library 1103 E Street Belmar, New Jersey 07719

Starfish Library 207 16th Avenue Belmar, New Jersey 07719 16th Avenue Little Free Library 322 16th Avenue

Belmar, New Jersey 07719 16th and Ocean Avenues Little Free Library Ocean Avenue and 16th Avenue Beach

Belmar, New Jersey 07719

Pyanoe Plaza Little Free Library

Downtown Belmar at 9th Avenue (near Brandl Restaurant) Belmar, New Jersey 07719

10th Avenue Little Free Library

Ocean Avenue and 10th Avenue (near Howard Rowland Pavilion)

Belmar, New Jersey 07719

Belmar Marina Free Little Library

Located at the South Comfort Station

Maclearie Park Free Little Library

Near the tennis courts

12th Avenue Free Little Library

12th Avenue and Main Street near the War Memorials

Candide’s Garden Little Free Library 513 18th Avenue

Lake Como, New Jersey 07719

Debi’s Little Free Library Ocean Avenue an Lincoln Avenue

Avon by the Sea, New Jersey

Fran Torra Memorial Library Atlantic Avenue Spring Lake, New Jersey

Bradley Beach Little Free Library 511 Fourth Avenue

Bradley Beach, New Jersey

Lisa Luke Little Free Library 2 Ocean Avenue

Sea Girt, New Jersey

Troop 33 Little Free Library

2539 Belmar Boulevard Wall, New Jersey 07719


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