The founder of the movement, Todd Bol, was in Detroit in the beginning of November 2014, and gave the city 20 little libraries to kick off the Detroit effort, lead by Kim Kozlowski, education writer for the Detroit News.
New Little Free Libraries were also planted in the historic Detroit neighborhoods of North Rosedale Park, Corktown, Palmer Woods, Boston Edison, Virginia Park, Banglatown and Southwest Detroit.
They planted libraries at a worship house, nonprofit, innovative project and small business including Westminster Church, Detroit Loves You Airbnb, Write A House, Ruth Ellis Drop In Center, 2051 Rosa Parks and Murphy Play Lot.
The libraries are also being planted in several Detroit parks including Butler, Clark, Weiss, Hawthorne, Bennett, LaSalle Ford, Lafayette Central, Wilson and Edmore-Marbud… and our own Palmer Park!
Currently, there are about 22,000 Little Free Libraries around the world, in places as far flung as Antarctica and deserted islands in Canada. But there are only a handful in Detroit … but with the support of the community that may change. Kozlowski is hoping to make Detroit: The Little Free Library Capital of the World!