Events Schedule

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit & Detroit Little Libraries

All at the Mobile Homestead behind the museum

Jan. 15, Friday from 5-8 p.m.

Featuring live jazz from Metro Detroit Underground and an appearance by Todd Bol, founder of the national Little Free Library movement.

Jan. 23, 1 p.m.

Artist Talk, featuring Fatima Sow, Debora Grace, Ndubisi Okoye, Kelly O’Hara, Eno Laget and Mary Fortuna.

Jan. 31, 1 p.m.

Storytime with Mary Black, of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers.

Feb. 28, 1 p.m.

Storytime with Charlie LeDuff, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, formerly at The New York Times and The Detroit News, now with Fox TV’s The Americans with Charlie LeDuff.

March 30, 1 p.m.

Live taping of Alex Trajano’s podcast, The Beginning of the End, which explores universal themes of humanity through the lens of when things begin to end.

April 16, 11 a.m.

Book Deserts in Detroit, a panel discussion, featuring Nell Duke, University of Michigan professor of literacy, language and culture; Satori Shakoor, executive director of the Society for the Re-Institutionalization of Storytelling, and Ethriam Cash Brammer, associate dean of the Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University.
Moderated by Mary-Catherine Harrison, University of Detroit-Mercy English professor.

April 24, 1 p.m.

826Michigan presents, A Lantern of Fireflies: An Illustrated Treasury of Tales of Adventure, Discovery, and Magic. This publication features twenty Huron High School ninth-graders and a class of second-grade students from Mitchell Elementary, in Ann Arbor. Volunteers from 826Michigan will be reading for this Sunday storytime.

Come see the Little Library Originals Exhibit anytime.

On display at the MOCAD’s Mobile Homestead through April 24

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

An exhibit of 13 little libraries created by Detroit artists.


About Little Library Originals

The exhibit highlights that many Detroit neighborhoods are book deserts, meaning that many children and adults have few, if any, books in their home.

Some of you may recall that the Little Library Originals show was created last summer when 13 artists accepted an invitation to promote literacy and community in Detroit through the Little Free Library movement. We gave the artists plain little libraries, and they transformed them with their artwork. A one-night exhibition, colliding art, literacy and community, was held at the Grand River Creative Corridor.

Since then, the Little Library Originals has become a traveling exhibit, per the vision of Eno Laget, one of the participating artists. First on display at the Detroit Public Library, and now at the Mobile Homestead.

During the Mobile Homestead show, we will highlight the campaign of Detroit Little Libraries - to expand residents’ access to books through the installation of more Little Free Libraries especially in book desert neighborhoods. Since our launch in September 2014, we have created numerous partners, installed nearly 150 Little Free Libraries in Detroit and distributed thousands of books.

Thanks so much to the artists who make this show possible: Barbara Barefield, Loretta Bradfield, Mary Fortuna, Debora Grace, Jesse Kassel, Eno Laget, Kelly O’Hara, Ndubisi Okoye, Rashaun Rucker, John Sauve, Mitchell Schorr, Pam Shapiro, and Fatima Sow.

Please share this with your friends, and we look forward to seeing you during this very special exhibition.

About the Mobile Homestead

The Mobile Homestead is one of artist Mike Kelley’s last pieces of art. It is making waves in the art world as an entirely unique collision of art, social movement, and artist retreat. The Mobile Homestead is a replica of his childhood home in Westland. The inhabitable sculpture is located behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and used in accordance with Kelley’s last wishes: to exhibit art with a social mission.

Kelley was one of Detroit’s seminal sons, widely regarded as one of the most influential, visionary and prolific artists of our time. He created installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs, video, performance art and more beginning in the 1970s until his death in 2012. His work is in museum collections around the world.

We are honored and beyond thrilled to announce the Little Library Originals exhibition will be on display at the Mobile Homestead for three months, from Jan. 15- April 24.

Read NYTimes Homestead Story