The "Little Free Library" movement has come to Mid-Michigan. An East Lansing man was inspired to build his own library after seeing a story on News 10 about the "Little Free Library," which started as a small project in Wisconsin.
Now, there are little free libraries in 40 states and 20 different countries, including one of the newest additions at Pinecrest Elementary School in East Lansing. The concept is simple - "Take a book, return a book." The mission of the "Little Free Library" is to help spark a passion for reading in the community.
Jamey Limbers built the library from reclaimed lumber, in an effort to reclaim the old-fashioned way of reading.
"I watched Borders in East Lansing go out of business, and I was like where are our books going?" said Limbers. "Where do our kids get books? So I thought it was way to stay away from tablets and eReaders and for kids to actually hold a book in their hands."
Limbers will call on a troop of third grade Girl Scouts at Pinecrest Elementary to help take care of the library, spread the word, and fund-raise. Limbers stocked the library with more than 100 books two weeks ago, and now it's almost empty. That's why the little library needs a little support from the community.
"My biggest hope is to bring the community together, and to keep books in our lives," Limbers said.
Even though Limbers just put up the little free library, he hopes to eventually build more around the Lansing and East Lansing area.
More than 75 percent of people do build their own, so each "Little Free Library" is unique. Anyone can buy or build a library to put up at a home, school, or business. For more information, click on the link through our Hot Button - or go to www.littlefreelibrary.org.