In 2015, artist OlaRonke Akinmowo started swapping her collection of books by Black women and Black nonbinary women with her neighbors on her Brooklyn stoop as an experiment and an art project. She started with 100 books and the collection grew over nine years as she reached out to friends, writers, editors and publishers. Now the 5000 books in the Free Black Women's Library are a diverse collection housed in a storefront that also offers a book swap, free clothing and household goods, a period pantry, and a flower and herb garden. Once she moved into the storefront two years ago, she began to turn it into a community care space that offers free workshops in writing, quilting, knitting, film screenings, performances, and a games night, as well as a free store.

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