May marked the one-year anniversary of Larchmont Boulevard’s Little Free Library. During that time, over 4,000 books are estimated to have traveled through the wooden book box in front of the dental office of Dr. Arthur Kezian and Dr Narine Tashjian at 443 N Larchmont Blvd, on the corner of Rosewood.
The dental office staff has embraced the Little Free Library project with gusto, keeping the library sorted and updated, and happy that local area residents stop by to pick up a free book or donate one from their own personal library. Depending on what day you visit, the library may have children’s books, mystery novels, biographies, historical fiction, romance novels, sports, fashion, decorating and food related books.
The Free Little Library coordinator, Lily Gevorkian, is the key volunteer maintaining the inventory in the library. “Everyone in the community has been very helpful, the books are always kept in nice order, and people respect and keep the library clean and neat,” she shared.
The library’s maintenance director Francisco Alamilla said there was a slight irrigation problem that caused the roof of the library to get wet and a few precious books to get damaged. Francisco quickly restored and re-sealed the roof, however, and the bright white, house-shaped, shingle-roofed library is back in business.
“One of our clients called our office and asked us to mail her a library card,” said Gevorkian. “We gave her the good news that this is the only library where you don’t need a membership card, it’s completely based on the honor system.” Take one, give one. Or take one and bring another book later.
The dental office staff thanks all of those who have ‘paid it forward’ by donating books. They look forward to seeing new readers browsing through the selection of books – both giving and receiving the joy of a good read.