PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EVENT SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 18 HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. A NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
The Piast Institute, a nonprofit organization, will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for a Free Little Library unveiling at the Hamtramck Housing Commission on Thursday January 18, 2024 at 3:30pm. “We are so excited to receive the new Little Library!”, said Kawanna Brown, Project Manager at the Hamtramck Housing Commission. There will be free literacy activities and free books for kids all available with donations made in memory of Francine Foote from the Foote family.
Francine Foote joined the Piast Institute as a volunteer in 2014 and was promoted to senior researcher in 2016 and worked until she passed away on June 29, 2023. Her ties to the Piast Institute were inextricably linked on personal and professional levels.
According to Malgorzata Tulecki, Executive Director at Piast Institute, “Fran was an essential member of our team.” She continued to say that her desire to volunteer stemmed from extra time she had and in wanting to get to know her brother, the late Dr. Thaddeus C. Radzilowski, co-founder with Virginia Skrzyniarz of the Piast Institute.
“Francine worked for over 30 years in Education and was previously employed for the departments of Ferndale Adult and Community Education. Her ties to Hamtramck combined with the love of books and children made this Little Library project so meaningful”, said Virginia Skrzyniarz.
The Piast Institute started as a brainstorm in 2003 and has grown to become a nationally recognized nonprofit research center that focuses on Polish and Polish American Affairs. In addition, the Piast Institute has grown its work to include community outreach and has become a strong voice in promoting prevention of substance abuse for the youth of the community.
For more information, visit www.piastinstitute.org or call (313) 733-4535