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New Little Free Library opens in Riverside with special guest appearance by National Book Award Finalist

Repurposed filing cabinet turned library draws community and celebrated author to Luther Street.

The Riverside Woman’s Club, which first introduced a Little Free Library to Riverside, is preparing to unveil a new Little Free Library on Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The library, located at 4847 Luther Street, is sponsored by the Riverside Woman’s Club and Riversider Darlene Good. The opening will feature children’s activities, book giveaways, and a special appearance by the 2022 National Book Award Finalist and 2023 Emory Elliott Awardee, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke.

Hedge Coke, a Riverside resident and Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Riverside, will be signing books at the event. “We are honored that Professor Coke took the time out of her busy schedule to participate in the grand opening,” said Riverside Woman’s Club representative Marybeth Field.

The new Little Free Library is not your typical book exchange box. Instead of a wooden post and box, Darlene Good has creatively repurposed an old, rusted four-drawer filing cabinet. Each drawer is designated for different types of books and even includes a miscellaneous drawer filled with changing surprises like paints, toys, crafts, and puzzles.

“This project has brought joy not only to my family but to our entire community,” said Darlene Good.

Riverside's first Litte Free Library (#2960) still stands in front of the Riverside Woman's Club clubhouse at 4092 Tenth Street.

For more information on Little Free Libraries, visit or take this creative challenge from Larry Burns.