Across America with Little Free Library® to Celebrate 30,000 Literacy-Friendly Neighborhoods

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Little Free Library to stop at key cities that have embraced book sharing to promote literacy in their communities. Together with the Centers of the Book of Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio and key volunteers it will host community events that celebrate building stronger communities through book sharing.

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We're visiting important cities that have helped build the Little Free Library movement. Along the way we hope to inspire others to build literacy-friendly neighborhoods of their own.” says Todd Bol, creator and Executive Director of Little Free Library.

In just three years, the social enterprise non-profit Little Free Library has helped open 30,000 micro-libraries cared for by dedicated volunteer stewards who build literacy-friendly neighborhoods in every state and Canadian province and in 80 other countries around the world. Approximately 150,000 books a day are exchanged through Little Free Library’s network and nearly 1,000 new stewards a month sign-up to become a part of the book sharing movement that promotes literacy for millions of all ages.

The help celebrate reaching the 30,000 micro-library milestone, Little Free Library is going on the road stopping at five destinations important to its development as a global grassroots movement: Madison, Springfield, Detroit, Cleveland and the Library of Congress in Washington for its National Book Festival. Along with co-hosts, the Centers of the Book of Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, Little Free Library will hold Big Little Builds for the public to build micro-libraries that will be installed in high needs areas. In addition, City of Distinction awards will be given to the mayors of each city. Other events and meetings with key partners and stewards are scheduled. For a complete listing of events, please visit littlefreelibrary/america. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter at the #readtrip hashtag.

August 21‐22: Madison, WI

  • Big Little Build from 10 a.m. to noon at Madison Public Library
  • City of Distinction Award in recognition of a city full of literacy champions who helped to make Little Free Library into a global literacy movement

August 24-25: Springfield, IL

  • Big Little Build Tuesday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at Illinois State Library
  • City of Distinction Award in recognition of innovative civic implementation of Little Free Libraries

August 27‐29 Detroit, MI

  • Little Free Library Art Show on August 27 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 4731 Gallery
  • Big Little Build on August 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at New Center Park
  • City of Distinction Award in recognition of the city’s dedication to improving literacy and enthusiasm for Little Free Library

August 31‐September 1: Cleveland, OH

  • Big Little Build on August 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cleveland Public Library Main Branch
  • City of Distinction Award in recognition for visionary leadership on how to engage and empower citizens to champion local literacy in their own neighborhoods

September 3-5: Washington, DC

  • National Book Festival on September 5 at Washington Convention Center


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