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Community invited to Transition Laguna Beach potluck tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m., Transition Laguna Beach invites the community to join together for a community style potluck in the Top of the World neighborhood. “Bring your appetite, a dish to share, and pull up a chair in the fire station,” writes Transition Laguna Beach. “Wine is also allowed at this event. The Fire Station will provide tables and chairs.”

Thanks to the selfless efforts of Ellen and Roger Kempler, a new Little Free Library will grace the T.O.W. neighborhood next to Fire Station #3. This is the perfect chance to join in and celebrate with neighbors and friends. 

The Little Free Library Foundation has donated a library box under their Impact Giving Program for installation in front of Laguna Beach Fire Station #3. 

The library will serve firefighters, the school community, and neighbors, with the primary goal of raising awareness about nature, wildlife, and our local environment in a time of increasingly dangerous fires and lengthier fire seasons. As with other Little Free Libraries, the fire station’s library will also be stocked with books to entertain as well as inform. 

Community invited books

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New Little Free Library is located next to Fire Station #3

Because Laguna’s Fire Station #3 was the staging area for the fight against the June 2018 wildfire that threatened and forced evacuation of the Top of the World neighborhood, this is an especially well-timed gift that symbolizes the important partnership between communities and their fire departments in fire preparedness, prevention, and safety.

In keeping with the terms of the gift, neighbor Ellen Girardeau Kempler, who submitted the grant application, will assist helping maintain the library and will organize one community program – a story time or presentation – during the coming year. She will also see that the library is registered on the Little Free Library organization’s map and work with the city to promote the library through photos, news stories, and blog posts. 

To help keep the library stocked, firefighters and community members are welcome to replenish it, keeping in mind the objectives outlined above. Ellen will also seek assistance from Transition Laguna and other community groups, including the “book fairies” to help replenish.

Fire Station #3 is located at the corner of Tree Top Lane and Alta Laguna in T.O.W.