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Pangea Properties Installs Little Free Libraries Across Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore

July 16, 2021

Chicago-based Pangea Properties (Pangea) has partnered with nonprofit Little Free Library to build and install 19 book-sharing boxes across the neighborhoods in which Pangea has a presence in Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore. The libraries act as an honor-based book exchange to provide books to area residents and encourage literacy across all ages.

Based out of Hudson, Wis., Little Free Library has a goal of supplying a “Little Free Library in every community and a book for every reader.” Through the program, books are available at all times, without the need for a library card or other registration. Currently the group boasts over 100,000 libraries in more than 100 countries across the globe, leading to over 42 million books shared annually.

The community service arm of Pangea, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization named Pangea Cares, was founded in order to help grow and improve the communities Pangea serves from the inside out. With that goal in mind, Pangea Cares developed three main pillars of focus: food and nutrition, education enrichment, and community development. As Little Free Library’s mission fits solidly within the education enrichment pillar, Pangea made the decision to build and install book-sharing boxes across its three markets.

Pangea employees from all departments across the organization gathered to build the birdhouse-shaped containers that will protect the books from the elements, ensuring they’re accessible to readers in all seasons. Pangea team members then installed the libraries across the Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore neighborhoods where the company’s rental communities are located.

A map of all official Little Free Libraries, including those installed by Pangea, is available at this link. Pangea is also running a social media contest starting July 1 for anyone who visits one of its Little Free Library locations. Those who wish to be entered to win a variety of monthly prizes can simply take a picture of the Little Free Library and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, tagging Pangea and using the hashtag #PangeaLFL. Winners do not need to be current Pangea residents but they must be following the company on the platform used to upload the picture.

Pangea is currently working with aldermen and other officials to promote the installations and find potential locations for new ones, with the hope of installing even more Little Free Libraries across the three cities and beyond. For anyone interested in donating funds or books, please email or visit this Amazon Wish List.

About Pangea Properties:

Pangea Properties is a Chicago-based private real estate investment trust founded in 2008 by Al Goldstein to provide quality, affordable housing. Pangea Properties acquires value-add apartment buildings and renovates them as workforce housing, investing almost $500 million in 12 years to acquire and rehabilitate almost 13,000 units in Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore. By doing so, Pangea Properties helps to improve neighborhoods block by block and catalyze nearby development. At a time when most U.S. cities face a workforce housing shortage, Pangea Properties has committed to this housing sector, holding assets for the long term and working to be a positive force in residents’ lives and in the neighborhoods it serves.



In an effort to encourage literacy and provide access to free books, Pangea Properties built and installed 19 book-sharing boxes in partnership with nonprofit Little Free Library across the neighborhoods in which Pangea has a presence in Chicago, Indianapolis and Baltimore.