Little Free Library social enterprise is on a mission to build 2,510 free book exchanges around the world. The movement began in Hudson, WI with a son’s tribute to his mother. Our son, Brandon would have turned 29 this year, so in his memory we have begun a community effort that will result in 29 little libraries being installed in Milwaukee. This project is a perfect combination of handiwork and heartwork that Brandon would have loved.

"> Little Free Library social enterprise is on a mission to build 2,510 free book exchanges around the world. The movement began in Hudson, WI with a son’s tribute to his mother. Our son, Brandon would have turned 29 this year, so in his memory we have begun a community effort that will result in 29 little libraries being installed in Milwaukee. This project is a perfect combination of handiwork and heartwork that Brandon would have loved.

"> Little Free Library social enterprise is on a mission to build 2,510 free book exchanges around the world. The movement began in Hudson, WI with a son’s tribute to his mother. Our son, Brandon would have turned 29 this year, so in his memory we have begun a community effort that will result in 29 little libraries being installed in Milwaukee. This project is a perfect combination of handiwork and heartwork that Brandon would have loved.

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Brandon’s Toolshed/Little Free Library Event MAY12

JOIN WITH BRANDON’S TOOLSHED IN A FUN COMMUNITY PROJECT.
Drop in on May 12th between 1-4 PM

The Little Free Library social enterprise is on a mission to build 2,510 free book exchanges around the world. The movement began in Hudson, WI with a son’s tribute to his mother. Our son, Brandon would have turned 29 this year, so in his memory we have begun a community effort that will result in 29 little libraries being installed in Milwaukee. This project is a perfect combination of handiwork and heartwork that Brandon would have loved.

Picture a big birdhouse or converted kitchen cabinet that holds donated books for visitors to exchange and you’ve got the basic idea. Take a book – Leave a book forms the pay-it-forward “business model”. Location? Well you name it! …the front porch, outside the storefront, in the park, at the crossroads, in your yard … somewhere with a steward close by to play landlord and librarian to make sure that the structure stays sound and the shelf is stocked.

Now, how to accomplish the goal of 29 little libraries? That’s where YOU come in! Collaborating with Milwaukee Artist Resource Network and the Milwaukee Public Library, Pat Wyzbinski and Scott Gelzer have planned a celebration and launch party on Saturday, May 12th at the Historic Pritzlaff Building, 333 North Plankinton in Milwaukee, from 1:00-4:00 PM.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
Donate funds to pay for construction or purchase of Milwaukee little libraries.
Your tax-deductible contribution should be payable to Milwaukee Artist Resource Network.

Contribute a bag of books to stock the little libraries.
Become a steward of a little library site.

Build and/or decorate a little library to give to a site or install as your own kits and pre-built libraries will be available on May 12th.

Save the date of May 12th for Brandon’s Toolshed annual event: “Little Library Gallery Day”. Join us for refreshments and to support this grassroots community reading movement. Little Libraries will be on display in every phase of construction from model to building to decorating. They will be available for sponsorship or purchase in a silent auction. Proceeds will be donated to the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network.

The Little Free Library Gallery and Kickoff party to build, decorate and install 29 Little Free Libraries is Saturday May 12, from 1-4pm and features up to 10 artists decorating little free libraries, the national team from littlefreelibrary.org, Brenner Brewing Co. beers, refreshments and a chance to bid on a little free library for your front yard, neighborhood or business. Admission is a donation check payable to Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (LFL coordinating organization) and/or a bag of books to form the first LFL Milwaukee collection. The event is brought to you by Brandon's Toolshed, a project of Patricia Wybinski and Scott Gelzer in honor of their late son, who would have been 29 on May 9th. The event will be held at the Historic Pritzlaff Harware Building at 333 N. Plankinton.

Following the event at the Pritzlaff, MARN will be hosting their annual fundraiser, the Art Treasure Hunt, at the Great Lakes Distillery from 6-11:30pm. Tickets to the Treasure Hunt are $30.

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