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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Media Relations

Join Topanga Area’s Open House and The Unveiling of LAPD Topanga Division Little Free Library NA14032sm

As We Celebrate Literacy and Community Partnerships

WHAT:   
LAPD Topanga Area launches the Little Free Library at Topanga Community Police Station During the Stations Open House

WHEN:   
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Open house - 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Unveiling of Little Free Library -11 a.m.

WHERE:   
LAPD Topanga Area Station
21501 Schoenborn Street
Canoga Park, CA 91304
    
WHO:
LAPD Captain Jorge R. Rodriguez, Acting Area Commanding Officer, Topanga Area
LAPD Captain Charles P. Hearn, Patrol Commanding Officer, Topanga Area
A Chance for Children Foundation Representatives
    
WHY:   
To unveil the Topanga Area Free Library during their 5th annual open house, celebrating literacy and community partnerships.

DETAILS:   
LAPD Topanga Area, the Topanga Area Boosters and in conjunction with a local non-profit organization, A Chance for Children, have partnered to establish a Little Free Library inside the Topanga Area Station lobby.  This library functions as an educational and outreach tool to children and community members in the Topanga Station vicinity and builds a sense of community, while promoting literacy and a love of books.

The Little Free Library is a gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories.  In its most basic form, it’s like a shelf full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book and contribute another one to share.  The library is registered in a national registry where community members can locate it online.  All books are free for children of all ages and will be listed by age group reading levels.

It is hoped the Little Free Library will have a positive influence on community quality of life and provide a place for neighbors to meet and get to know each other through “community in the station programs.”  LAPD Cadets will serve as stewards of the library to help teach important life skills, ownership of a project and the importance of community.  Additionally, police officers will be involved in providing book-reading programs at the station with local schools.  

More information about opportunities with the Little Free Library is available at www.littlefreelibrary.org.  The books will be re-stocked through generous donations of non-profit organizations, community members and police officers.

Members of the media interested in attending should Sergeant Rachel Raigoza with the Topanga Area  Community Relations Office at 818-756-180.

Please see attached flyer for the 5th  Annual  Topanga Community Police Station Open House.