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Sponsor an original Little Library

Six one-of-a-kind Little Free Libraries that were created by Detroit artists (and one from New York) are now available for sponsorship.

These original libraries were created last summer when the founder of the Little Free Library movement, Todd Bol, came to Detroit and gave the Detroit Little Libraries campaign an award for being the fastest growing city of Little Free Libraries.

We threw a celebration and asked artists to transform some blank libraries to raise awareness of our campaign, and held an opening in a 4731 Gallery in the Grand River Creative Corridor. These libraries then went on a traveling exhibition, stopping first at the Detroit Public Library then for three months at the Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Now, they are up for sponsorship and on display at the June 9 fundraiser, Viva Libris! An Evening for Detroit Little Libraries. After the fundraiser, we will be giving these special libraries to iconic institutions in Detroit and putting the names of sponsors on the plaques. The sponsorship funds will be used to plant more little libraries to plant in the city.

Thirteen of the libraries were created. Eight have been sponsored, leaving five still available for sponsorship.

Blank libraries retail at $350.

Suggested sponsorship levels: $500 Bronze $1,000 Silver $3,000 Gold

Make your sponsorship through the Little Free Library, indicate it is for Detroit and the funds will come back to Detroit to plant libraries in the community.

Make your sponsorship here:

Thank you, and Viva Libris!

John Sauve
Sculptor, Brighton
“Man in the City”
steel, arcrylic polymer with industrial primer
“Detroit Little Libraries creates a dialog in the community. It’s not as much about the books, its more about where the books take you.”



Rashaun Rucker
Printmaker artist, Grosse Point
“The Adventure Begins Here”
acrylic and spray paint
“Books change lives.”

Nbubisi Okoye
painter, Detroit
“Keep Dreaming”
acrylic paint, gesso
“I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to give back to Cass Tech. I learned so much there and discovered my passion for literacy and visual arts. The students and faculty will gain a sense of pride by having a Little Free Library there from an alum.”

Mary Fortuna
Painter, Royal Oak
“Thirteen Snakes”
“I love the concept and the organization and the “pay it forward” spirit of the project. I’m proud to be part of the movement to place free books in neighborhoods and encourage people to read and share.”

Mitchell Schorr
Muralist, New York
“Da Library Race, to Read Books”
spray paint, polyuethane
“Free public art is very important to shaping the imaginations of people, just like reading books does, so to put together this is a way for the public to see art and have the opportunity to read ,both free of charge. To me, is a real way to give back to people.”

Beebop Artist Kelly O’Hara
Painter, Detroit
“City at Sunset”
“I hope that by placing more and more of out little libraries around the city this will promote literacy in the our neighborhoods. In a world where kids are stuck to TV screens and phones, I think its more important than ever before to promote reading and using your imagination.”

Sponsor: First United Methodist Church of Birmingham



Eno Laget
Street artist, Plymouth
“12 Jewelz”
aerosol , spray paint, recycled peek and stick bus wrap material, elbow grease
“Knowledge, wisdom, understanding lead to freedom, justice, equality so you can find food, clothing, shelter and have love, peace and happiness.”

Sponsor: Ron Hartman, LD Carlson Company





Barbara Barefield
Ceramic sculptor, photographer and graphic artist, Detroit
“Sweet reading”
acrylic paint
“I agree with Groucho Marx: ‘I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turned it on, I go to the library and read a good book.’”

Sponsor: First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham

Debora Grace
Eclectic visual and performing artist, Plymouth
“Forever Free” (reference Frederick Douglass)
“I am a bibliophile and literacy advocate who has experienced the power that literacy (both reading and cultural), and the written word in its many forms, have to inspire and transform lives.”

Sponsor: Andrew Strong, UBS Weath Management

Loretta Bradfield
Melted Crayon Artist, White Lake
“The Great Lakes Mermaid”
“Every neighborhood should have one of these libraries!”

Sponsor: Pam Murray, Pleasant Ridge

Fatima Sow
Fine artist, Detroit
“Stepping Stones”
“This exchange between people from strangers to neighbors will cause a ripple of great friendships and discussions. I’m a strong advocate for literacy and reading is a hobby of mine. I feel this project provides great access of books for children and adults and will help pave the way for future community engagements.”

Sponsor: Deborah Lamm and Jon Wolman

Jesse Kassel
Painter, Detroit
“Marina’s Library”
latex, aerosol paint
“Everybody in this city needs easier access and encouragement to read more books.”

Pam Shapiro
Muralist, Farmington
“Go on an Adventure”
“This piece is a mother/daughter collaboration. Allie, a Chicago resident, is attending Columbia college studying comedy writing and performance.
The city is the background landscape as the housing is surrounded by brightly colored images that come to life as we know to happen as we take an adventure in a book. Whereever you are in life or your day, travel and adventure are free and accessible when read on the written page. This little library represents the ability to travel and go whereever a book takes you. “

Sponsor: The Eaton Family

Viva Libris! An Evening for Detroit Little Libraries

Please join us for a special night to benefit Detroit Little Libraries.

Thursday, June 9 at 5:30 PM - 9 PM in EDT

Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom
715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, Michigan 48202

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Get your tickets!

The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, desserts and music by 18-year-old songstress Mia Green and the legandary Exhaust Tones.

There will also be a silent auction with Detroit-themed items and a chance to sponsor a Detroit Little Free Library!

More than 150 little libraries have already been planted in front of Detroit homes, schools, community gardens, small business and parks, leading to the circulation of thousands of books.

Please help us continue this momentum to plant more Little Free Libraries in neighborhoods where some schools don’t have libraries, public libraries have shuttered or scaled back hours and transportation or financial issues can hinder residents’ access to books.

Little Libraries in The Detroit News

Detroit - An effort to promote literacy through dollhouse-size neighborhood libraries is being highlighted in a new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

The Little Libraries: A Collision of Art, Literacy and Community exhibit features 13 Little Free Libraries that have been transformed by local artists, including four that made from retired newspaper bins.

The exhibit is inside the Mobile Homestead at the museum at 4454 Woodward, and will run Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 24.

Read more here:

Virtual Walk through Little Libraries exhibition

Virtual Walk Through of Little Libraries exhibit

For those who can’t make it to Detroit, here’s a virtual walk through of the Little Libraries exhibition inside the Mobile Homestead at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Jan. 15-April 24, 2016

weekends, Friday-Sunday
11 a.m.-5 .m.

Little Libraries Opens at The Mobile Homestead

Little Libraries: A Collision of Art, Literacy and Community
Jan. 15- April 24, 2016[/caption]

Just Ask Talk Show Interview

Marsha Florence with Just Ask Talk Show interviews Detroit Little Libraries founder Kim Kozlowski about all the little libraries popping up around Detroit.

Kiwanitalk - Detroit Little Libraries with Kim Kozlowski

Kiwanitalk - Detroit Little Libraries with Kim Kozlowski from Kiwanitalk on Vimeo.

Kiwanitalk interviews Detroit Little Library founder Kim Kozlowski

Kiwanitalk is produced by members of The Kiwanis Club of Dearborn MI.

Milestone: Tenth Library Talk

We reached a milestone: Our tenth speaking engagement, telling the story of Detroit Little Libraries. We’ve talked before a church, several Rotary clubs, a Roboticd community and public library.

Tonight, we spoke before the Dearborn Kiwanis Club. They even had Polish food!

Our only hope is to inspire others to put up Little Free Libraries, hopefully in Detroit, and spread the love of reading.

Want us to speak to your group? Email us:

On the Road! … with Little Library Originals

We’re taking the exhibition of Little Library Originals — blank little free libraries transformed by artists — on the road!

Our first stop: the legendary Funky Ferndale Art Festival!

Come see 14 little libraries that have been made into works of art. We’ll be giving away books, Little Free Library swag and more.

We’ll also be inviting fair-go-ers to help paint blank Little Free Libraries that will be planted in the community.

Can you volunteer to help? Sign up here:

Even if you can’t volunteer, swing by and say hello.

Find us on 9 Mile, west of Woodward.

Friday 3-8
Saturday 10-8
Sunday 11-6

See you there!

Art, Literacy, Community.

Little Library Originals: Art, Literacy, Community
4731 Gallery, Grand River Creative Corridor, Detroit, Michigan
Aug. 27, 2014

The growing take a book, leave a book movement collided with the art, literacy and community leaders in Detroit during a recent gallery opening to showcase 14 Little Free Libraries transformed by artists.

The show featured artists from across the metropolitan Detroit area, with many using acrylic to paint snakes, race cars, mermaids, city scapes and more onto the libraries.

Some artists took retired newspaper bins and transformed them with metal, paint, words and symbols.

“Knowledge, wisdom, understanding lead to freedom, justice, equality so you can find food, clothing, shelter and have love, peace and happiness,” Plymouth street artist Eno Laget said in his statement about the library he called 12 Jewelz.

One artist, Andy Krieger, built a library completely from scratch, adorning it with grass, wildflowers and a hand-carved plow horse.

“The mission, idea, and implementation behind Little Libraries is brilliant, straightforward and simple,” Krieger said. “This was a very easy cause to get behind.”

Other artists agreed.

“I hope that by placing more and more of out little libraries around the city this will promote literacy in the our neighborhoods,” said Beebop Artist Kelly O’Hara, who painted “City at Sunset.” “In a world where kids are stuck to TV screens and phones, I think its more important than ever before to promote reading and using your imagination.”

Besides Laget, Krieger and O’Hara, other artists who participated included Mary Fortuna, John Sauve, Debora Grace, Mitchell Schorr, Rashaun Rucker, Fatima Sow, Loretta Bradfield, Jesse Kassel, Ndubisi Okoye, Barbara Barefield and Pam Shapiro.

The exhibition, Little Library Originals, was held in conjunction with a visit from Todd Bol, founder of the global Little Free Library movement, now 30,000 strong. He stopped in Detroit and four other cities on his way to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. While here, he recognized Detroit as the fastest growing city of Little Free Libraries, now nearing 100.

“We’re visiting important cities that have helped build the Little Free Library movement,” said Bol. “Along the way we hope to inspire others to build literacy-friendly neighborhoods of their own.”

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