by Mike Kinney
A Richmond alleyway that has been rehabilitated with ample help from local community members now has its own Little Free Library.
Community organizer Cesar Zepeda created and donated the library station. The city had planned to toss out the old magazine rack, as it contributed to blight, he said.
“It was dirty, full of graffiti, beat up,” Zepeda said. “So I took it, painted it and figured why not convert it to one of the free little libraries that you see around the city.”
He added, “Now the community will have a place to go in and check out books for free, or be able to put books in.”
The library was Zepeda’s latest contribution to the alley beautification effort behind Portumex Restaurant at 721 23rd St. that has drawn dozens of volunteers and contributions from local businesses. The once blighted alley is now more inviting, newly paved with added color and lighting, thanks to the so-called Xochitl project.