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Employees from General Motors helped add to the city’s growing number of Little Free Libraries, as they and other volunteers built several of the dollhouse-sized book containers Friday at New Center Park.

The city has nearly 100 of the tiny libraries and was recognized as the nation’s fastest growing market for Little Free Libraries by the movement’s founder, Todd Bol.

Bol visited Detroit this week as part of a four-city tour to promote Little Free Libraries, which are wooden boxes erected in front of homes and in public places that contain books that passersby can borrow or keep. Users are urged to return a book for someone else to read.

So far, 30,000 Little Free Libraries have been erected worldwide, said Kim Kozlowski, a Detroit News staff writer who is spearheading the movement’s efforts in Detroit.

“We’re visiting important cities that have helped build the Little Free Library movement,” said Bol. “Along the way, we hope to inspire others to build literacy-friendly neighborhoods of their own.”

Beside the box-building, the child-friendly event at New Center Park included a reading of “Silly Sally Goes to the Zoo” performed by Paul Murphy, GM’s chief speechwriter and the husband of the book’s late author, Sally Laux Murphy.

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