City of St. Helens

PO Box 278

St. Helens, OR 97051

Phone: 503-397-6272

Fax: 503-397-4016


Crystal Farnsworth

Communications Officer

Phone: 503-366-8215

Fax: 503-397-4016


Press Release




The St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission invites the community to attend a grand opening of the city’s first official Little Free Library on Saturday, February 2 at 10 a.m.

St. Helens, Ore. – Each year, millions of books are exchanged in all 50 states and 88 participating countries through a global book-sharing movement called the Little Free Library program. The “Take a Book, Share a Book” concept inspires reading, increases access to books, and builds community.

A new Little Free Library at Grey Cliffs Waterfront Park in St. Helens is ready to join over 75,000 similar libraries around the world. The library was created through a partnership with the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission and the St. Helens High School Woodshop Class. Justin Waid, St. Helens High School Class of 2020, built the library.

The Arts and Cultural Commission is hosting a small grand opening for the Little Free Library at Grey Cliffs Waterfront Park on Saturday, February 2 at 10 a.m. This is the first officially registered Little Free Library (Charter #83770) in the city of St. Helens and can be located on the Little Free Library’s world map at

“It’s our hope that this Little Free Library will bring people together through reading,” said Vice Chair Kimberly O’Hanlon of the Arts and Cultural Commission. “It has been a pleasure working with the High School Woodshop Class, and we are excited to install more libraries in the future.”

The mission of the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission is to encourage opportunities for recognition of arts and culture in the city of St. Helens. The goal is to bring the community closer together, improve livability, give the town identity, and draw people in. The Commission also fosters arts engagement from small to large scale, art workshops, and community art events.

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association. Reader’s Digest named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries.


For further information regarding the Arts and Cultural Commission’s Little Free Library installation at Grey Cliffs Waterfront Park, please contact ACC Vice Chair Kimberly O’Hanlon at or 503-867-2037.