Celebration planned Nov. 12 for Dearborn’s first Little Free Library

Photo by Leslie Herrick. The steam train engine-themed Little Free Library was designed and built by Boy Scout Brendan Hay of Troop 1147 as an Eagle Scout project. Hay and Dearborn Public Library Director Maryanne Bartles stock the Little Free Library with donated books and magazines

Photo by Leslie Herrick. The steam train engine-themed Little Free Library was designed and built by Boy Scout Brendan Hay of Troop 1147 as an Eagle Scout project. Hay and Dearborn Public Library Director Maryanne Bartles stock the Little Free Library with donated books and magazines

DEARBORN – The public is invited to a community celebration at the John D. Dingell Transit Center at 1 p.m. Nov. 12, to dedicate the first Little Free Library in the Dearborn Public Library system.

The steam train engine-themed Little Free Library was designed and built for installation at the Transit Center by Boy Scout Brendan Hay of Troop 1147 as an Eagle Scout project. Hay worked with the guidance of architect Mike Kirk of Neumann Smith Architecture, designer train station. Kirk also is an Eagle Scout.

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. In addition to being a branch of the Dearborn Public Library, the site in the train station is a charter member of the international Little Free Library system.

“We are pleased to welcome Dearborn residents and visitors passing through our train station to stop by this unique Little Free Library to find something enjoyable to read during their travels,” said Maryanne Bartles, Dearborn Public Library director.

Little Free Libraries can be found around the world in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or magazine from the display or they may leave a book to share. Because Little Free Libraries are a hub where people share their favorite books with their community, they have been called “mini-town squares.”

“The Little Free Library in the Dearborn train station differs from most other book exchange sites because of its unique design and size,” Bartles said. “It is shaped like a steam train engine, complete with brass bell and a headlight, and stands about 5 feet tall and 7 feet wide.

“Dearborn Public Library volunteers will monitor the books and magazines that are exchanged at the Little Free Library. As needed, they will restock the shelves and bookracks with donated reading materials for adults and children.”

The Little Free Library at the train station joins the list of more than 40,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all 50 states and over 70 countries around the world.

Following a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, light refreshments will be served and Dearborn Boy Scout Troop 1147 will host a book exchange.  Guests are encouraged to bring gently used favorite children’s or adult books to share.

The train station is at 21201 Michigan Ave.

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