Community effort helps grow love of reading and little libraries

Celebrate National Library Week by stocking the shelves of your own Little Free Library.

Celebrate National Library Week by stocking the shelves of your own Little Free Library.

The Traverse Area District Library is hosting a silent auction of five, one of a kind, Little Free Libraries during National Library Week which is April 14-20. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit TADL Teen Services.

Communities Matter, is the theme of this year's National Library Week.

The five Little Free Libraries, built through a collaboration with local Eagle Scout, Keegan Kaipio from Troop 35, will be on display in the lobby of the main library branch starting April 1.

Bidding will open on Sunday, April 14 at noon and will close on Saturday, April 20 at 5 p.m. The winning bidders will be contacted on Monday, April 22.

Interested residents and visitors are invited to team up with their neighbors to bring home a Little Free Library to their neighborhood. It's a fun way to spread the love of reading and build a sense of community. Fill your little library with books and invite your neighbors to borrow a book and leave one of their favorite titles, and then watch the ever evolving collection grow and grow.

The Little Free Library silent auction will open with a minimum bid of $100, which covers the cost of materials and official Little Free Library registration. All money raised will benefit the TADL Teen Services summer reading programming to better serve the community. Find out more at

The Little Free Library movement that is sweeping the nation and the world was started in 2009 by Todd Bol with a simple mission to promote literacy and community. TADL brought this grassroots movement to Traverse City in May 2012 when they sponsored the first registered Little Free Library in Northern Michigan, located at Spruce and Sixth streets.

"We were enthused to sponsor the first Little Free Library almost a year ago with the goal to inspire others in the community to create their own little free libraries," said Metta T. Lansdale Jr., TADL director. That goal continues to be achieved with at least six registered Little Free Libraries including the recent State Theatre Little Free Library in downtown Traverse City as well as a handful of unregistered Little Free Libraries in the Grand Traverse region.

Kaipio approached TADL with an interest in building the little libraries as his Eagle Scout community project. He met with TADL Marketing and Communications Manager, Kristen Talaga and together they reviewed his plan. TADL provided him funding for a materials and he got to work.

"We were impressed with this young man's interest in helping to promote literacy in our community," said Metta T. Lansdale Jr. "We're pleased with his work and are excited to offer members of the community the opportunity to bid on one of these very special Little Free Libraries."