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Opening the door to reading

Krystle Wagner • Mar 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

After four years, the Little Free Libraries around the Grand Haven area are still going strong.

Since being installed in 2014, the libraries are being used and most are filled with books by neighbors or community members, said Mary A. White Elementary School Principal Valerie Livingston, who worked with a committee to bring the concept to the area.

Residents and visitors can “take a book” and “return a book” at the Little Free Libraries, which are located at each of the elementary schools in the Grand Haven school district — Ferry, Griffin, Lake Hills, Mary A. White, Peach Plains, Robinson and Rosy Mound. Libraries are also located in Grand Haven at Bolt Park, City Beach, near The Salvation Army, Municipal Marina and Central Park.

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation funded the Little Free Libraries. A Grand Haven Area Public Schools employee installed them.

“The Little Free Libraries have created additional access to books for children who may not have a large home library or time to visit the local library,” Livingston said. “All of the Little Free Libraries in Grand Haven are free, which means the books can be kept.”

Each library has a steward who maintains it and keeps it stocked. There is also a large book drop-off at Mary A. White Elementary School.

Livingston noted that the library at the City Beach always needs donations during the summer, and there’s a library at the Municipal Marina that they work to keep stocked.

A Little Free Library is also part of the Reimagine Project, Livingston said. A library and outdoor reading nooks will be installed on the playground at Mary A. White Elementary School.

“It is my hope that the Little Free Libraries in Grand Haven help provide 24/7 access to books while encouraging a love for reading in our schools and community,” Livingston said.

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