First 5 High Fives
HDS North Inland Creates Little Free Library

HDS North Inland staff built a Little Free Library for children and adults to encourage a love for reading. Young children, all HDS clients, decorated the structure with their hand prints.

Healthy Development Services (HDS) North Inland, a program funded by First 5 San Diego and provided by Palomar Health for residents of Escondido and surrounding areas, has created a new literacy resource for the community.  HDS North Inland staff established the Little Free Library to instill the love of books in all children to promote early learning and that parents are their child’s first and best teacher.

The structure, which looks like a large bird house, contains books and functions like a self-service library. People can add books as they borrow others.

Blanca Rodriguez, an HDS staff member, and her husband built the library.  Preschool-aged children, all who are HDS clients, along with a little help from their parents and the developmental specialists, decorated the library with their handprints during a developmental class.  Additional HDS staff members completed the artwork.

HDS staff used their own books to get the library started, and with donations from community partners, they have received over one hundred books for both children and adults.  Cindy Linder, regional coordinator of HDS North Inland, is the official “steward” of the library.

“The library sits out during the day and comes in at night,” said Linder.  “We are very proud to register it with Little Free Library and continue to spread the love of books for families of all ages!”

The HDS North Inland Little Library is located at the Palomar Health downtown campus, in front of the HDS clinic located at 660 E. Grand Ave. , Escondido, Calif. 92025 and can be found on the official Little Free Library map at

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