Funding two Little Free Libraries in Howell
June 23, 2014
A second Little Free Library, was funded through the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society’s Dick Johnston’s award which the Friends received in October 2013. Partnering with the Salvation Army of Livingston County, this Little Free Library was installed at their location at 503 Lake St in Howell. Riley, one of the Little Free Library’s Stewards, is busy filling the Little Free Library with books. Remember, the Little Free Library idea is simple – take a book, return a book.
March 31, 2014
This Little Free Library was funded through the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society’s Dick Johnston’s award, which the Friends received in October 2013. Partnering with MI Works! Livingston Service Center and Mott Community College Livingston Center, the library is able to extend its Family Place Library resources to children and parents. The Little Free Library is located in the lobby of Mott Community College Livingston Center.
“Necessity is the mother of invention” and this project started when an unexpected need was identified. Surprising to some, there are a lot of little people hanging around “MIWorks!” while their parents are accessing the services available. While at MIWorks! one day, this became apparent to two of the Adult Services librarians, who immediately pulled Youth Services into the mix.
The idea is simple with the Little Free Library– take a book, return a book.
Why is the library doing this?
HCDL is a Family Place library and we support our youngest learners, starting at birth, and their parents, who are their child’s first teacher. Libraries are about early literacy experiences, kids reading by grade level by the end of 3rd grade and continuing to supporting learners through school, career, with personal interests and even into retirement. Hopefully, as humans, we never stop learning and libraries are right there to support us.
It’s a “win-win”. We are supporting job seekers in their roles as parents, while helping to build the foundations children need to succeed in school and work. It’s economic development, we just start a lot younger than you might have thought. Libraries are transforming communities!