PRESS RELEASE: OLHSA receives Little Free Library through First United Methodist Church of Birmingham donation

PRESS RELEASE

OLHSA receives Little Free Library through First United Methodist Church of Birmingham donation

Initiative promotes the importance of community and literacy

Pontiac, Mich., October 13, 2016OLHSA, a Community Action Agency, recently received a donated Little Free Library from the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham. The Church and Society Committee also donated books to stock the library which range from preschool to adult reading levels. OLHSA and Pontiac Academy for Excellence families are invited to borrow the books and contribute books of their own to share with others.

“We are excited about this bright, new addition to our campus which will offer another educational, and fun, resource to the families we serve,” said Ronald Borngesser, OLHSA CEO.

First United Methodist Church of Birmingham has been placing the Little Free Library boxes and stocking them at various locations including churches, nonprofits, small businesses and schools in the greater Detroit area. This is one of two libraries the church has placed in Pontiac and they plan to spread more throughout the city. To date they have placed 9 boxes.

“The library boxes promote a better sense of community along with the importance of literacy and those are two important reasons we became involved in the initiative,” said Barbara Saul, member of the Church and Society Committee of the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham.

The program began in Wisconsin in 2009 and as of June 2016, over 40,000 Little Free Libraries have been installed nationwide. You can learn more about the Little Free Library movement at www.littlefreelibrary.org.

The campus at 196 Cesar E. Chavez houses OLHSA’s Pontiac Early Head Start and Head Start programs, seeing 329 children and their families daily, and Pontiac Academy for Excellence, with 1,000 children and families. “It’s our vision that the new Little Free Library box will enrich their lives,” said Barbara Saul.

OLHSA is a Community Action Agency improving the quality of life for people facing crisis while strengthening families, communities, seniors and youth since 1964. Over 197,000 services were provided in 2015 in the pursuit of helping people and changing lives.  www.olhsa.org


Media Contact: Ashley Yocum | 248.209.2623 office | 570.259.1394 cell | ashleyy@olhsa.org