Cristal Banagan: 1st Ever Little Free Library In North Richmond Opens Saturday

Radio Free Richmond

blogimage.jpgOn Saturday, May 3rd at 1pm, Cristal Banagan and LOL Educational Community, the grassroots educational/social justice organization Cristal has started will present the first ever Little Free Library in Richmond.

The address is 1643 Fred Jackson Way in Richmond 94801. Little Free Library is a book share project started in 2009 in Hudson, Wisconsin by the son of a school teacher who loved to read, and it soon grew into a regional phenomenon and gave way to the name it bears now. Today the movement is growing by leaps and bounds, with over 15,000 Little Free Libraries worldwide! The idea is to promote literacy and build a sense of community across generations. Yet there are NONE in Richmond and other more urban areas of the Bay Area.

Cristal Banagan and LOL Educational Community have been fundraising locally and through fundraising websites in order to build and provide for the library for two months now, and on May 3rd the hard work and support of the community in the Shields-Reid neighborhood of North Richmond will come to fruition as the community celebrates the opening of its first Little Free Library. There will be information on local literacy programs, healthy eating and gardening, an opportunity to meet the people behind LOL Educational Community, activities for the kids and light refreshments will be served.

Learning Out Loud Educational Community is a Bay Area local grassroots organization promoting education and social justice for all who seek it. We have been doing this since 2012, and are located in Richmond, Ca. With LOL, learners, seekers, teachers and speakers and anyone willing can have a voice and join us on our path to an equitable life, education, and the freedom to choose our own way.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Cristal Banagan at 510-692-1949 or email at

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  • Cristal Banagan
    commented 2014-11-06 10:07:18 -0800
    Sorry for the confusion but as far as we knew we were the first since there was no other LFL on the database or map on their website:, however, ours was the first in North Richmond.
  • Ilona Ozmon
    commented 2014-06-25 08:40:19 -0700
    The first LFL was set up in Richmond summer of 2013. It is located on Columbia Avenue in the Annex.
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