Little Free Library now available in Greenville

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 7:21 pm on Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization funded a Little Free Library in Greenville. The idea is to let students exchange books for free across the world. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — To promote reading, especially at a young age, a Little Free Library has been built in Greenville for children to enjoy.

Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President Ann Harvey said the idea of a Little Free Library came from Literacy Intervention Specialist Sarah Shoemaker at Baldwin Heights, who asked the PTO to help fund the project.

The Free Little Library is a program set up through communities and cities around the world that allows children to exchange books and get engaged in reading at a young age.

“Sarah Shoemaker was the catalyst for the library coming to Baldwin Heights,” Harvey said. “She is the reading specialist at Baldwin and has wanted this project to come to Greenville for a long time.”

Once hearing Shoemaker’s idea, the PTO jumped on board and decided to fund the library, including the post to hold the library, which was donated by the Harvey family.

The Little Free Library can be found at the corner of Faber and Judd streets.

“It will be stocked and maintained by Baldwin staff and parents,” Harvey said.

A Little Free Library has been built for children in Greenville to engage students in Reading.

According the program’s website,, the mission of the program is simply to better the lives of children through books.

“(Our mission is) to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide,” the site states. “(And) to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”

According to the site’s map, there are about 35 Free Little Libraries throughout Michigan. However, Greenville’s appears to be the first in the area, with one in Mt. Pleasant being the next closes.

“Our hope is that many businesses throughout Greenville will take notice and put in their own little libraries,” Harvey said.

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