Memories of 2 children inspire officers to share their love of books


Neighbors all across the country are sharing books via Little Free Libraries. The latest place for them to pop up is around Detroit police precincts, thanks to Captain Darin Szilagy and his partner, Corporal Edward Lawson.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges. It’s a project that holds a special place in the hearts of the officers. Capt. Szilagy’s 8-year-old daughter Madalyn and Corporal Lawson’s 10-year-old nephew Luke both lost their battles with the same form of rare cancer. Both shared a love of books.

“They both like books, they were both great kids, and we thought in their memory this is a fantastic thing. It kind of grew from a small idea into a big dream come true,” Szilagy told FOX 2. "She was a reading junkie to the extreme."

They’re raising money to build more little libraries around the city, and are accepting donations through, as well as the Detroit Police Foundation. 

So far, children are loving the books and experiencing the joy of reading. Perhaps one day they’ll read the story of Madalyn and Luke. 


Watch the video to see how sharing books is binding the community together. 

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