Little Free Libraries help Minneapolis children with their summer reading, and help police form a stronger connection with the community. Will you donate?

Little Free Libraries help Minneapolis children with their summer reading, and help police form a stronger connection with the community. Will you donate?

This is a call-to-action request, because the kids of Minneapolis need your help:

Would you donate some of your children’s books, so kids in Minneapolis can read over the summer?

How good leaders grow

The fact that you are reading this blog proves something really important to good leadership; you can read.  Yes…You. Can. Read!

After the most basic of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, food/water & safety, effective reading skills are critical to building strong relationships and becoming a vital member of society.

Here’s why I’m asking you to help:

My fellow members of the MInneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club are making good on their goal to collect and distribute 10,000 books to Minneapolis kids.

My fellow members of the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club are making good on their goal to collect and distribute 10,000 books to Minneapolis kids.

When I was 28 years old – that’s 25 years ago – I joined the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club (the greatest Rotary Club on Earth), because a mentor told me I needed to join. Russ Michaletz said: “these people will get you connected to what’s going on in Minneapolis and the world, so you need to be there.” What I found was the ultimate “Blending the Seven Fs” experience, because being a member encourages the blending of my faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future. It’s the “faith and future” part I want you to contemplate with this ask.

The strategic plan for our Club includes one really inspiring goal: distribute 10,000 books to kids within three years. We are working in partnership with the Minneapolis Police Department, building and stocking Little Free Libraries; a concept created by the non-profit Project for Pride in Living. The books help the police form a stronger connection with people in the community.

Of course, I understand this blog reaches thousands of readers across the US and abroad. There are kids in your community that need to read over the summer, too!

My friend Jean Johnson is the captain of the book drive. She visited me at our offices in Edina for a donation.

My friend Jean Johnson is the captain of the book drive. She visited me at our offices in Edina for a donation.

The leader of the effort in my home town is Jean Johnson – a devoted member of the Good Leadership tribe – and she’s making it easy for you to help in one of three ways:

1. Bring a few books to the Good Leadership Breakfast on Friday, May 20, at Golden Valley Country Club. With more than 250 guests, we should be able to collect around a thousand books, right?

2. Mail a set of books to: Good Leadership Enterprises, 7400 Metro Boulevard, Suite 195, Edina, MN 55439

3. Drop off your books to that same address: stop in and say “hello!”

How goodness grows!

A good friend said to me recently, “we become the sum total of the people we spend time with, and what we read.” That’s why I am asking you to help. Rotarians are the most organized, well-intentioned people I know. I am grateful to my mentor Russ Michaletz who got me involved. And I’m inspired by people like Jean Johnson who are willing to say “Yes!” to investing her time, energy and money to help kids read on the path to becoming good leaders.

Minneapolis Police Officers stock and care for the books in the Little Free Libraries.

Minneapolis Police Officers stock and care for the books in the Little Free Libraries.

Jean will be at the Good Leadership Breakfast on May 20, collecting books. If you can’t be there, visit a post office and send us some books at the address listed above.

Good leaders give their time, energy and money to make the community a better place. And they invest in helping children read, because it’s how good leaders grow.

Follow this link to learn more about the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club, and Little Free Libraries in Minneapolis.