2018-08-08 / Community View

Book ’em

Little Free Library opens inside lobby at county jail


The newest Little Free Library opened in the lobby of the Lapeer County Jail on Monday. Pictured here is the team that made it happen. From left are Darion Judd, Krystal Moralee, and deputies Mark Radenbaugh, Bill Osborne and Dan Hinsberger. The newest Little Free Library opened in the lobby of the Lapeer County Jail on Monday. Pictured here is the team that made it happen. From left are Darion Judd, Krystal Moralee, and deputies Mark Radenbaugh, Bill Osborne and Dan Hinsberger. LAPEER — The newest Little Free Library in Lapeer County opened for business on Monday.

The library has been placed just inside the doors leading to the Lapeer County Jail lobby so young visitors can take a book, leave a book, or just enjoy a book while they are visiting.

The idea of obtaining a Little Free Library for the department was first brought up to Sheriff Scott McKenna by former Deputy Krystal Moralee, who thought the library would be a good fit.

“Sheriff McKenna is known to have a big heart for kids, and he has participated in reading to local students, so I thought a Little Free Library would be a natural addition to the department,” Moralee said. “He understands how important literacy is, and making books available to children in the community just made sense.”

The Lapeer County Deputies Association generously agreed to purchase the library from littlefreelibrary.org, and Darion Judd, a former member of the department’s Explorer program, who operates DJ Customs in Attica, donated a vinyl wrap job in a Thin Blue Line flag design, showing support for the men and women in law enforcement who give of themselves on a daily basis. Deputy Mark Radenbaugh then built a stand to hold the library.

“The kids most in need in our community are the ones who have their family time in the jail visiting lobby, so when Krystal approached us with the idea, we were all for it,” said Deputies Association President Bill Osborne.

“As the father of as young child, I understand that books are important, but a lot of kids don’t have access to them,” added Deputies Association Vice President Dan Hinsberger.

The library is stocked with books for children of all ages, and will be replenished through donations of gently-used children’s and young adult-level books. The books are stamped inside the cover with “Always a gift, never for sale” to keep the spirit of the book-sharing library going.

Book donations may be brought to the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office at 3231 John Conley Drive during normal business hours. Any books that are deemed inappropriate for the Little Free Library, whether in condition or content, will be passed on to the Friends of the Lapeer District Library, Family Literacy Center, or other local Little Free Libraries.

The Lapeer County Deputies Association is dedicated to the betterment of the community through a variety of programs. The annual benefit concert raises money for the Christmastime Shop with a Cop, scholarships and other programs to assist the people of Lapeer County.

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