Charity Event: Gale to Build and Install 21 Little Free Libraries in Detroit Neighborhoods to Inspire Reading and Boost Literacy

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., May 15, 2023 ~ Gale, part of Cengage Group, is teaming up with Brilliant Detroit and Little Free Library to host a charity event in Detroit. At the event, Gale employees will be building 21 Little Free Libraries that will be installed in high-need neighborhoods across the city. Each library will be stocked with books donated by Gale and its employees to inspire a lifelong love of reading.

The Little Free Libraries will include diverse, award-winning and bestselling youth large print books donated by Thorndike Press, Gale's large print publisher. Youth large print makes reading more accessible for developing readers and is proven to increase decoding and comprehension. A Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" free book-sharing exchange that come in many shapes and sizes. They provide 24/7 access to books in areas where books are scarce to encourage a love of reading.

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The charity event will take place on Thursday, May 18th at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center from 9:30 A.M – 12:00 P.M Eastern Time. The goal of the partnership is to improve literacy rates in Detroit which are lower than the national average by providing children and adults access to free books as well as inspiring a lifelong love of reading.

Large print text can improve reading confidence and skill level in students according to Project Tomorrow®, an education nonprofit who conducted a study on the subject matter. Interviews in English and Spanish can be accommodated at the event for media outlets who wish to cover it while post-event b-roll and photos will be available for those unable to attend via a link in the post-event news release issued by Gale after the event is over.
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