The main location of the Massillon Public Library has a Little Free Library® and is celebrating with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the Camille Leslie Memorial Reading Garden!
MPL received the wooden book box with a metal roof and the first set of books by applying for a grant from the Little Free Library’s Impact Library program. Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon! The small, front -yard book exchanges number more than 100,000 around the world in over 100 countries — from Italy to Brazil to Japan. Now, a new Little Free Library in the Camille Leslie Memorial Reading Garden at the main location of the Massillon Public Library will join the movement to share books, bring people together, and create communities of readers.
“Our Little Free Library doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to the whole city,” says Laura Klein, Children’s Services and Special Projects Manager at MPL. “If it is after hours for the public library or if people just want to try it out, our hope is that this will bring joy, fun, and a feeling of community. Everyone is invited to take a book or leave a book.”
Our celebration will include guest speakers – Library Director Sherie Brown, MPL Board of Trustees President David Hersher, and Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry – as well as entertainment by Bryan Stahl and refreshments. You can also visit our Bookmobile and our Spring StoryWalk®!
Little Free Library® (LFL) is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and improves book access by fostering neighborhood book-exchange boxes around the world. LFL received the 2020 World Literacy Award and has been recognized by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation and others for its dedication to expanding book access for all. To learn more, visit www.LittleFreeLibrary.org.
For more information about this event, contact the library at 330-832-9831.