Got Books? Help Strengthen Detroit’s Literary Community! #michlit #mwn #motownlit

Starting from now to November 10th, it will be my mission  to try to collect 50, 000 books for the Metro Detroit Literary Community.

I know the impact of books in a home for a child and I want to give every home that doesn’t have books in Detroit some.

This sounds like an interesting challenge and I’m asking everyone to help me.

Photo by: J Michael Collins


I love books. My mother put that love in my heart way before I came into this earth and I’m blessed to have passed this love to my children.

Now I want to share my love with everyone out there who struggles to make a choice to buy a book or pay a bill in Detroit. I don’t want to see anyone have to make that choice.

Plus statistics states even one book in a household increases the chances of a child graduating from high school.*

If you would like to drop your book off in person, subscribe to this site (see sidebar) and when you see I’m having an event, come and bring your books to donate (while picking up a couple of copies of mine – although that’s not a requirement).

If you aren’t in Detroit and would like to send books, please ship them to:

Detroit Impact Community Center

Attn: MWN Book Drive

9930 Greenfield, Detroit, Michigan 48227

You can also drop off from 9am to 6pm


I know 50,000 books is a lot of books, but there is a meaning to my madness. These are the organizations that will benefit from your donation:

Pro-Literacy of Detroit –

During December, this organization has a graduation program for their adult readers who have successfully completed tutoring. Your book donations will go towards gifting them books they may take home as their reward to continue and strengthening their new-found reading skills.

The Detroit Impact Center –

Geared toward the youth in the Metro Detroit Community, The Detroit Impact Center provides literary services, programs and more. The library inside the center is under serviced and in desperate need of current books geared toward ages between tween and teen. I would love to give them what they need to encourage young adults to read more and provide Mr. Colbert, the director, the power to give these kids the gift of reading.

Also I’ve been approached by the following organizations to help them provide books for their participants.

My Sisters Keeper – Single Family Non-profit to gift single parents and their children with books for the holidays.

Sit On It Detroit – A bus stop with donated books from the community.

313 Little Libraries – As part of Detroit’s revival, little librarires (small phone book style containers filled with books) are popping up around Detroit. Just for the taking, we want to make sure these stay filled with great reads. For more information and how you can donate a Little Library around the City of Detroit, visit:

Help me help them!! I want to be the Oprah of book giving! The Santa Claus of the Literary Community. (I could go on with these metaphors, but they’d just get really corny. )

We hope to soon work with Kickstarter, so we can have a monetary donation system in place, but if you would like to contribute still, you can PayPal your donation to

For all monetary donations, we plan to buy gift certificates from John King Books.  (

Established in 1965, recently, we found out that two of their stores were in danger or closing. In my creative way to shed light upon a low foot traffic situation to the stores,  I’ve decided that proceeds earned from donations will go to buy gift certificates from John K. King Bookstore and donated to the groups above so they can also make selections.

Also, this will ensure your donations will go right back into the literary community of Metro Detroit!

I do hope you help me meet my goal. I’m so excited about my mission and I’m going to blog all about it here at my website with the category tag 100,000.

Spread the word! Send the message! Shout it from the rooftop: There’s a crazy book lady in Detroit who needs books! (I don’t mind the crazy part, because even my mother said I’m a good crazy.)

I thank you in advance for your help to my literary endeavors!

*I couldn’t remember where that statistic came from before I blogged this, but it was in the last couple of months that I read it.

As the list of sponsors grow, I’m going to be posting sponsors to this post. If you’d like to know when I make updates to this particular post, please add a great comment and subscribe to comment updates.

I’d also like to know what efforts you are doing to strengthen your literary community and if you have creative ideas to help me encourage my own literary community to donate more.

I plan to do more face to fact book drop off events for the next couple of months. If you would love to help me plan these, please do not hesitate to contact me at my email:  .

If you are media interested in requesting an interview about our literary cause, please contact Andrea Daniels of ANDCommunications at: 313.468.2459.


  • Picture Books
  • Young Adult Books
  • Self- Help
  • Diet/Health
  • Uplifting memoirs and novels
  • Dictionaries
  • Adult Contemporary of all type except Erotica (they’re going into public places)

Please Please Please don’t forget to share this message with others and help us strengthen Metro Detroit’s Literary Community.

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25 thoughts on “Got Books? Help Strengthen Detroit’s Literary Community! #michlit #mwn #motownlit

  1. This week I will send a box of books. I buy and collect books to give to organizations in need and this sounds like a GRAND effort. I am very passionate about Literacy and the impact it has and can have on ones life and future endeavors.


  2. Tia, we appreciate your support and we hope others will help us out as well! I’m excited about everyone helping out!


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  4. Pat Wiley

    Hi Sylvia, I have over 200 books to drop off! You were there for me and in return it gives me great pleasure to support your cause.


  5. mmgsc100

    Are you still collecting books?


  6. Kim

    Hi do you still need books?

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Last year, I had just moved to MI and I wandered into a local library book sale just outside Detroit. I was totally shocked when they told me they would put ALL the books leftover in the dumpster!! I pointed out that there had to be charities in Detroit that needed books (YOU’RE A LIBRARY, THAT SHOULD BE YOUR GOAL?!), and even offered to collect all the books in my cargo van and take them in myself. The library refused to donate them and refused to wait 1 hour (still during their regular opening hours) to let me go get my van and come back.
    This year, I am ready for them! I will be going WITH my van, and trying to take everything left after the sale. Should I bring them to you? Based on last year, it’s a mix of all ages, pretty good condition, and some video and audio (book on tape and movies).
    The sale is this weekend, so please let me know if you’re interested!

    PLEASE EMAIL ME – darcylewis at Yahoo



  8. ok. Tax receipt?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I have about a thousand books to donate. Do you pick up??


  10. Renea A Callery

    Hi – are you still collecting books? I have thousands of books both children and adult. We collected them via Kiwanis and now we are in need to give them away, as our convention was cancelled and we want to donate the books we collected.


    • YES we are. Can you contact: Calvin Colbert
      Address: 9930 Greenfield Rd, Detroit, MI 48227
      Opens 11AM
      Phone: (313) 272-0004

      To schedule a drop off


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