Friday, October 12, 2012

Little Libraries in Flint

Flint's got big problems. But there are small ways you can make the city a better place. Here's one of them:
Over the summer we opened Mott Park's first Little Free Library on a stump in front of our rental home. We see visitors every single day picking out a book, returning a book. We've seen children reading books while waiting for the bus, entire families riding their bikes to pick out a book, families going on walks to pick out books -- books! People are reading books!

Sadly, however, as renters, my husband and I had to unexpectedly leave this home where the Frank St. library resides, and were asked to take the library with us; however, not wanting the library to suddenly disappear on the dedicated patrons who use the library we were able to find the Frank St. Little Free Library a new home right across the street! (Hooray!) But, being the book lovers that we are, we are looking to raise funds to purchase a second Little Free Library to put in front of our new home in the 2500 block of Thomas St., which is about a half-mile away from the Frank Street LFL. I do have this not-so-secret goal of helping put a library on every street in Mott Park -- how cool would that be!
Make a small donation via Kickstarter here.


  1. The Frank Street LFL is at the opposite end of my street from me, and I couldn't be more proud. From this one idea, two others have popped up in Mott Park, one on Delaware Avenue, and another in the Davison area. This is the spirit we have in Mott Park, and I'm proud to call it (and Flint) home.

  2. It's a great idea. I know I would have loved this when I was a kid on Bassett Place.


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