The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit Chapter and the Detroit Public Library Foundation's NAHC Trustees will be unveiling their second “Free Little Library” on Friday, August 24 between 1-3 P.M. at the Parkman Library located at 1766 Oakman in Detroit.

Press Release updated: Aug 22, 2018 15:00 EDT

DETROIT, August 22, 2018 – ​The Parkman event will be highlighted by the guest appearance of children’s author and speaker Cindy Orlandi, creator of “Love is a Dog and Some Crayons – Weimaraner Coloring Book.” “Love is a Dog and Some Crayons” teaches about language, idioms, and animal rescue. Cindy has participated in past AWC Detroit activities. She volunteers for Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue, which benefits from book sales, and will be accompanied by her therapy dog Bennie.

AWC member Gabrielle Burgess-Smith who helped organize the event will lead a reading circle, where children will be able to choose from over a hundred books donated by Marygrove College. The unveiling of the “Little Free Library” and the reading circle are part of the “End of summer” festivities sponsored by the Parkman branch.

Richard Kollins, Chair of the Detroit Public Library’s National Automotive History Collection (NAHC) who funded the program will be on hand for the event. “We have seen increased involvement from the community at the branch level as a result of this program. It is rewarding to see such enthusiastic participation.”

We are very excited to our members engage with this program. The partnership with the Detroit Public Library provides a wonderful opportunity for our members promote literacy and bring attention to the excellent resources that are available for free at their local branch.

Deniella Ortiz-Lalain

President, Association for Women in Communication – Detroit Chapter

Deniella Ortiz-Lalain, president of the AWC Detroit states, “We are very excited to our members engage with this program. The partnership with the Detroit Public Library provides a wonderful opportunity for our members promote literacy and bring attention to the excellent resources that are available for free at their local branch.”

The Detroit Public Library Foundation's NAHC Trustees and the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit Chapter have partnered to promote literacy. They are collaborating to help increase literacy rates within Detroit by increasing engagement with local branch libraries.

About the National Automotive History Collection (NAHC)

The National Automotive History Collection is the world's largest collection of literature, photographs and historic documentation about cars and trucks and the people and companies that produced them. 

A department of the Detroit Public Library, the NAHC is open to the public and represents a treasure trove of information for automotive collectors, authors, journalists, historians and enthusiasts. The collection is located at the library's Skillman branch at 121 Gratiot Ave. in downtown Detroit.

More information about the NAHC is on the Detroit Public Library website at http://www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/featuredcollection/national-automotive-history-collection.

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit Chapter

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit Chapter is dedicated to advocating for women’s needs and honoring communication excellence. Established in 1938, the chapter supports the advancement of members by connecting women from a diverse range of communications professions. AWC Detroit provides professional development, volunteer enrichment opportunities, and insightful programs on hot topics and leading trends in communications.

Source: The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Detroit Chapter

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