Queen City Book Bank Celebrates Anniversary with 200th Little Free Library

By Sarah Nelson

This week, Queen City Book Bank (QCBB) hosted the unveiling of their 200th Little Free Library book-sharing box in Cincinnati, OH, attended by over 150 supporters, volunteers, and community partners. QCBB was founded two years ago as a community hub to guarantee resources to children and families who lacked access to books and literacy programming.

Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted created a formal commendation honoring the Queen City Book Bank, which was presented at QCBB’s celebration by Kristy High, Literacy Coordinator for Imagination Library-Cincinnati. Left to Right: Kim McDermott, Shymain Walker, Annie Schneider, Liz Priestle, Kristy High, Michelle Otten Guenther, Kevin Kushman, Katy Meinhardt, Liz Asman.
Cincinnati Parks and the National Little Free Library organization joined to celebrate the unveiling of the Queen City Book Bank’s 200th Little Free Library at Olden View Park. Left to Right: Cincinnati Parks Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Hafner Spieser, Queen City Book Bank CEO Michelle Otten Guenther and Little Free Library Executive Director Greig Metzger.

“Through our Little Free Library Program, we have the privilege to witness the genuine goodness of our neighbors and the community connections they create,” shared Michelle Otten Guenther, CEO of the QCBB. “Olden View Park is an ideal location to place our 200th library, as it holds a beautiful view of Downtown Cincinnati where neighbors gather to reconnect and relax with friends and family. Thank you to Cincinnati Parks for partnering with us and providing the perfect spot for this Little Free Library.”

Little Free Library Executive Director Greig Metzger attended the launch and shared what it meant for him to join the festivities: “It’s a joy to visit the Queen City and see first-hand how the QCBB has worked in tandem with the community to enhance literacy. Queen City Book Bank has placed more Little Free Library book-sharing boxes in any one region than any other organization throughout the world! I am excited to share that they continue to lead the way, ordering another 50 libraries to expand their reach and ensure book deserts are eliminated in the Greater Cincinnati area.”

Little Free Library Executive Director Greig Metzger visited QCBB’s first Little Free Library at 437 Hopkins St. in Cincinnati
Little Free Library Executive Director Greig Metzger meets with QCBB mascot Wiggles
Little Free Library Executive Director Greig Metzger cuts the ribbon on QCBB’s 200th Little Free Library

In just two years, the QCBB program has grown to serve 2,500 students and will distribute 25,000 new books this school year alone. At scale, the QCBB will distribute 350,000 new books every year to underserved children to accelerate their paths to becoming proficient readers. Little Free Library is proud to partner with QCBB as they radically transform the literacy landscape in Greater Cincinnati.

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