The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter is excited to be a part of the Little Free Library Community. On Monday, May 20, we held a ribbon cutting to honor the gift from Suzanne and Bob Stephenson, who spearheaded this unique partnership of pets, people, and books. Little Free Library awarded Susanne an “Impact Library” award in November 2017. She wrote a proposal expressing the Stephenson’s love off books and animals and their desire to place a library outside the new animal shelter, located in Sands Township.
Sue described the impact that the library in front of the Stephenson’s house had on their neighborhood and what such a library would have on the visitors and the mission of UPAWS. The books and magazines inside it focus on people, pets, and forever homes for domestic animals of every sort.
Little Free Library agreed and the kit to build the library was received in early 2018, assembled and stained to match the shelter facade during the summer. The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter opened in January 2019 and as soon as the snow melted and the grounds were ready, the library was installed in front of the entrance to the Community Education Room.
The Stephenson’s and the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter hope to see additional activities that include and enhance the Little Free Library, including ‘Story Hour,’ the ‘Read to Your Shelter Pet Program,’ and the sharing of books about animals, their care and treatment.
The library is registered on the Little Free Library World Map with the identification #53873 and listed on LittleFreeLibrary.org.