Yet another park upgrade was installed at Highland Park over the weekend -- a Little Free Library, built by Alpha Phi Omega-Omicron (APO), a national, co-educational service fraternity committed to leadership, friendship, service, and giving back to their communities. Members of the Iowa City APO chapter designed, built, painted and donated the mini-library to the Lucas Farms Neighborhood Association, and were on hand to help install it in the park. Both APO and the Lucas Farm Neighborhood Association will be responsible for the long-term maintenance and restocking of the newest Little Free Library. 

The neighborhood association has been working closely with City of Iowa City Parks staff to design improvements to the park, located at the corner of Highland Avenue and Keokuk Street. The group has also held fundraisers to help pay for part of the upgrades. This year, new playground equipment and a shelter were installed. Next spring, an interior trail and water fountain are on the work schedule.

Little Free Libraries are neighborhood stop-offs installed in yards or other spaces that encourage people to take a book or leave a book, thereby encouraging reading and learning. With whimsical designs, colors, and building materials, they have added visual interest all over town as a tribute to Iowa City’s UNESCO City of Literature designation. More about Little Free Libraries may be found at

For more information on the park project, contact Marcia Bollinger, Neighborhood Outreach Planner, at 319-356-5237 or

Photo: Neighbors and students involved in the installation of the Little Free Library on Sunday, Nov. 15 were, from left: Leona Johnk and Charlie, Derek Johnk, Jonathon Baldwin, Sarah Splittgerber, Allysa Yi, Adam Mackey, and Andrew Evans.

Date of publication

Monday, November 16, 2015