Hemingway-Themed Little Free Library Open To The Community

You don’t have to look too far for a piece of history in Northern Michigan.

We took a trip to Walloon Lake, where a new little library is turning heads, or should we say…turning pages in the community!

The Village of Walloon Lake announced their newest installation of an Ernest Hemingway- themed Little Free Library right in downtown. It will be known as “Ernie” and will be stocked with books by the famous American novelist, his family, as well as books that pertain to the author’s interests and hobbies like fishing and hunting. It is located right in front of the Vintage Mercantile antique shop.

The Friends of Crooked Tree District Library have been a part of the project by funding it and making sure it is filled with plenty of books. Donations for books will be accepted at the Crooked Tree District Library, in the blue collection box on the front porch.

Scriber, the publisher of Hemingway’s “The Nick Adam’s Stories” has donated 100 copies of the book for the little library.

For those that are not familiar with what a Free Little Library is, it is a little book shelf filled with books for the community to enjoy 24/7. It’s free, public access allows people to take what they’d like to read, and donate a book to put back. The goal is to encourage the love of reading, and for this little free library in particular, it is to introduce more people to the works of Ernest Hemingway and his family.

Hemingway spent most of his childhood summers here in Northern Michigan, particularly in Walloon Lake, and even married there. A formal dedication to the Little Free Library will be Wednesday July 21 during the village’s Hemingway Birthday Celebration to honor the author. It will feature a recreation of Hemingway’s birthday tree procession and an ice cream social.

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