Police department’s Little Free Library opens

Submitted photo Left to right, Cpl. Keith Anderson, Senior Investigator Jeff Hohensee, City Council President Charles Schmitz, Officer Eric Gramentz, Officer Chris Davis, Administrative Assistant Sue Brandes

NEW ULM — On Thursday, New Ulm City Council President Charles Schmitz, along with staff of the New Ulm Police Department (NUPD), officially opened the police department’s Little Free Library that is located near the intersection of 1st South and Washington Streets.

The location of the Little Free Library at the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) was chosen with hopes that visitors to the library will be able to engage in conversation with officers that are coming and going from the building. In the spring of 2019 additional landscaping and also a small bench are planned to be added to the area allowing visitors a place to sit and read. The NUPD is grateful for the assistance of the installation of the Little Free Library by the Brown County Maintenance Department.

The Little Free Library allows people to meet more of their neighbors and also in this case those that work at the LEC. Children, youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds can share in the give and take of books. The vast majority of public and school librarians fully support the concept and role that Little Free Libraries have as a tool for overall success of libraries as a whole.

At the present time there are over 75,000 registered Little Free Libraries worldwide. The NUPD won their Little Free Library through an online process that was brought to the attention of a citizen who follows the NUPD’s social media Facebook page. The NUPD has both a social media account on Facebook and Twitter.