Yesterday afternoon under a sunny sky, the brand new Little Free Library located in front of City Hall was unveiled. Kennyada Nash, Building Department and Elizabeth Marino, Building and Housing Assistant did the honors; Sharra Thomas, Housing Administrator welcomed all of those in attendance; with special mention and appreciation for the artist, Derek Walker, proud former resident of Maple Heights.
Mayor Blackwell praised MLK’s oratory skills, and the importance of literacy; and encouraged all in attendance to take opportunities to grow, learn, and support each other in pursuit of these goals.
The Little Free Library, hand painted by Walker, captures not only the images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; but includes the Maple Heights City logo and the school logo as well. The front of the LFL states, “We have a Dream”, and the artist explained in choosing ‘we’ he was intentional with including everyone who donates to or borrows from this library.
This Little Free Library was made possible through a grant from @ServeOhio; future books will be donated as needed from the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank; September Howat, Director, Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre was instrumental in making title recommendations, assisting the City with book purchases; and Deva Walker, Maple Heights Branch Manager, Cuyahoga County Public Library collaborated on this project as well.
Thank you to the staff of the Service Department for the building and installation. Please come and enjoy this wonderful new addition to the City of Maple Heights! @Kindland #bekindmapleheights #MLK23 #ServeOhio