New Haven Police Opens Little Free Library

A Little Free Library has been set up at the Newhallville Substation of the New Haven Police Department as part of “Community Wellness” efforts organized by police Sgt. Shafiq Abdussabur.

Sgt. Abdussabur and New Haven resident Jane Lewis spearheaded setting up the Little Free Library in Newhallville, which opened on Nov. 12 at 596 Winchester Ave. Read to Grow supplied some of the books offered to the public at the always-open library. The library is a permanent box containing books for all ages and is attached to the outside of the substation.

No library card is needed, and members of the community take ownership. The library mantra—“take a book, share a book, add a book, and return a book—is similar to a program started in Rowan County, North Carolina and is designed to break down prejudices and build trust and good will between police officers and the community.