In 2012, Bob Cheshier began placing Little Free Libraries near Cleveland elementary schools to foster a love of reading by bringing books to children who don’t have books in the home. When Bob passed away in 2013, the Cleveland community wanted to carry on his legacy. Margaret Bernstein, former Plain Dealer columnist, organized a fast-growing movement by partnering with Cleveland Public Library and other literacy-minded organizations and individuals to further the mission.
Approximately 75 libraries were independently installed throughout Greater Cleveland prior to the formation of the Movement, primarily in the suburbs. There are now more than 60 libraries installed in Cleveland neighborhoods and many more are planned. To ensure sustainability, we bring schools and community partners together to: construct, install and maintain libraries; collect and replenish books to ensure that the libraries are well-stocked; promote and creatively program around the library. These partnerships are critical to building an infrastructure for ongoing success.
To volunteer, donate or for more information, contact Judy Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cleveland Kids' Book Bank
Cleveland Kids' Book Bank is a 501(c)3 and your donation is tax-deductible.
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Judy Payne, Co-Founder/Executive Director Judi Kovach, Co-Founder/Chair