Ocean Twp. Police Open Little Free Library

The Ocean Township Police Department recently installed its own Little Free Library. (Photo courtesy Ocean Township Police Department)

WARETOWN — There’s a new library in town.

A Little Free Library, painted in the blue-and-white of the Ocean Township Police Department, is now located outside the headquarters’ lobby at 50 Railroad Ave.

The Little Free Library is a wooden, birdhouse-like container that holds books that anyone can take and restock for free. The department received the donation as part of the Little Free Library’s “Kids, Community & Cops Program.”

“Through the Little Free Library, the Ocean Township Police Department looks forward to forging new partnerships, supporting literacy, opening the door to additional services and providing stories of community service!” Ocean Township Police Lt. George Thompson said.

The Little Free Library is located outside the police headquarters’ lobby at 50 Railroad Ave. in Waretown.

“Many personnel in the police department love to read and look forward to assisting in helping others become passionate about reading. Recent research by the Department of Justice shows that low literacy is strongly connected to crime and delinquency,” Thompson continued. “We hope that our Little Free Library program can attract new partnerships with community groups and demonstrate a heightened commitment to the residents. The Little Free Library will give another reason for our officers to interact directly with kids and their parents while building on community trust.”

Visitors to the Little Free Library will be able to see the Ocean County Library, Waretown Branch’s monthly activity schedule as well. The police department is encouraging residents to visit that library to register for a card and utilize the many resources offered. The Waretown Branch is located at 112 Main St.

For more information about the Little Free Library program, visit littlefreelibrary.org.