New Farmington resident hosts Little Free Library

Joy Montgomery knew when she attended the grand opening of a friend’s Little Free Library in Livonia that she’d found a worthwhile project.

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Farmington resident Joy Montgomery, right, is pictured with city officials (from left) Jeff Scott, Sara Bowman, and Mayor Bill Galvin. (submitted photo)

“I said from that point on, I’m determined to do one of my own,” said Montgomery, who moved to Farmington in July.

A Wisconsin-based nonprofit, Little Free Library supports the installation of book exchange locations throughout the world. The “libraries” house books for all ages and are located in front yards, parks, and other easily accessible locations around the world.

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The Montgomery family celebrated a grand opening for their Little Free Library October 8 with neighbors and city officials. (submitted photo)

Montgomery’s library officially opened with an October 8 ceremony on Maple Avenue. Some of the books were hers, others were donated by friends. In addition to the original collection, she has filled a couple of bookshelves with replacements.

“I rotate the stock once a week,” she said. “Kids are walking home from school, they’ll open the doors and see different books.”

Montgomery hopes to install another Little Free Library in a more central location in downtown Farmington. That project, she said, would be more literacy based, an opportunity to get books in the hands of people who might not otherwise have access to them.

With her Livonia friend, Sherry Klisz, Montgomery has also done “book bombing,” filling up Little Free Libraries in Detroit with books.

“I feel good about promoting literacy,” she said. “It’s just kind of a cool thing all around.”

Other registered Little Free Libraries in the area include locations on Bunker Hill Drive and on Sunridge in Farmington Hills. To learn more about the project or to start one of your own, visit littlefreelibrary.org

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