Mini Libraries in Farmington Hills Make Books Accessible to Kids

A ribbon cutting for the Read It! Replace It! program brings School of Rock Farmington the Farmington Community Library Tuesday night.

Strains of Jefferson Airplane's mega-hit "White Rabbit" wafted through Farmington Community Library Main Library in Farmington Hills Tuesday night as Farmington area Junior Optimists kicked off their Read It! Replace It! program. 

Organized in cooperation with the library, Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimists and with help from Rebuild Together Oakland County, the program stations mini-libraries in six locations around Farmington Hills stocked with books written for ages 14 and under. Kids can take books with them, free of charge, read them and return them, or return another book in similar condition. 

"What we hope to see is to allow kids ot develop a life-long love of reading," Optimist Club representative Tom Neal said. "We want to make the books easily accessible." 

Neal explained that Rebuild Together provided most of the materials and help constructing the small, house-shaped boxes. Dana Iles, who is president of the Harrison High Junior Optimist Club, said students painted the boxes and organized a book drive at the school, which collected more than 500 books. 

Junior Optimists will monitor the boxes on a regular basis, Neal said. 

The Read It! Replace It! program boxes can be found at these Farmington Hills locations:

  • Jon Grant Community Center
  • Costick Activity Center
  • Farmington Family YMCA
  • Farmington Hills Ice Arena
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Teen Center
  • Nature Discovery Center




To learn more about the Junior Optimists, visit www.f2hjunioroptimists.org.


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