The Little Free Library team is excited to welcome M. Greig Metzger as our new executive director. Read a personal letter from Greig about where he comes from and why he’s here:
Greetings from Hudson, Wisconsin!
I want to take a quick moment of your time to introduce myself. My name is Greig Metzger and I am thrilled to be here as the new executive director of Little Free Library. I want to share with you a little about myself and why I am excited about joining the team.
First, a little about me. While not from the Midwest originally, my family and I have lived in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. My childhood and early career years were spent in the northeast, in the Boston and metro New York City areas. While the first part of my working life was in marketing and general management, the last several years have been in the nonprofit space. Prior to my arrival at Little Free Library, I was the executive director for a metro-area food shelf that served thousands each month.
Growing up I was fortunate to have access to a wide variety of books and magazines. My parents were avid readers and their parents as well. I have fond memories of my grandmother sharing books that she gave to my dad, like Holling C. Holling’s Paddle-to-the-Sea or Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Or getting a copy of A Wrinkle in Time from her with a handwritten note inside with birthday well wishes. Reading was a key part of my son’s growing up, too, with bedtime readings of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish or, as he got older, us launching into the Harry Potter series. Reading is a key part of my life.
Which brings me to why I am here. I was fortunate to have access to books. Books at home and books at great public and school libraries. But book access is not uniformly the case today. We know that there are many communities in our country and around the world where access to books is not a given. We also know that the availability of books is a critical contributor to literacy, educational success, strong communities, and informed citizenry. That’s why I came to Little Free Library.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Little Free Library is uniquely positioned to engage communities around the world to foster literacy through book access and neighborhood connectivity. Through our network of stewards working at the community level, we can work to expand book access. I have seen what community commitment can do in the struggle against food insecurity. With Little Free Library’s stewards, our book-sharing boxes, our institutional partners, and our targeted programs like the Action Book Club and the Impact Library Program, we have a compelling set of tools to address book scarcity.
I am excited as we build on the history of success at Little Free Library by growing existing programs and developing new initiatives to extend book access to all. The opportunity is there. Can I count on you to help?
M. Greig Metzger
Executive Director, Little Free Library
Learn more about Greig’s background, plus a message from Little Free Library’s board chair, in the press release announcing his appointment.