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Busey Bank associates build, install ‘Little Free Library’ at local branches

By Staff | Nov 5, 2020

Committed to supporting the arts, advocating for youth and helping neighbors in need, Busey Bank has announced that it has installed 15 Little Free Libraries in the communities it serves–including installations at Busey’s Fort Myers and Cape Coral branches, located at 7980 Summerlin Lakes Drive in Fort Myers and 2524 Del Prado Blvd, in Cape Coral, respectively.

Built to promote connection and literacy, the Little Free Libraries are available to community members interested in increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

“Building and installing Little Free Libraries is a small way to make a big impact in our communities,” said Robin Elliott, president and CEO of Busey Bank. “This creative partnership provides access to free books, allowing for improved literacy and education while fulfilling the Busey Promise by bringing people and resources together to generate positive change in the places we live and work.” 

What started as a small book exchange created in 2009 has now spread to over 80,000 Little Free Libraries in 91 countries, and more than 120 million books have been shared in this growing global phenomenon. On average, the libraries see nearly 500 visits per location annually and have increased literacy in neighborhoods and communities by offering free access to books.

Throughout the month of September, customers and associates generously donated more than 5,000 books to the Busey Book Drive. Some of the books collected serve as the first donation to the Little Free Libraries at the Florida branches, which will be listed on the Little Free Library World Map as charter numbers 111437 and 111435. To learn more, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.

The Busey Book Drive and Little Free Library installations are part of a larger community initiative–Busey Drives Generosity. Through this monthly campaign, Busey associates are encouraged to give generously to benefit their neighbors, further strengthening the communities they serve.

In addition to the Book Drive in September, in which associates and customers were encouraged to donate new or gently used books, Busey is hosting the B United Blood Drive for its associates in October–stationing Blood Mobiles throughout its footprint in support of the American Red Cross. In preparation for Thanksgiving, Busey will host a Food Drive in November, accepting non-perishable food items to benefit local food banks.

Busey Bank, the wholly-owned bank subsidiary of First Busey Corporation, had total assets of $10.82 billion as of June 30, 2020 and is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois, with 61 banking centers serving Illinois, 13 banking centers serving Missouri, five banking centers serving Southwest Florida and a banking center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Through the Busey Wealth Management division, the Company provides asset management, investment and fiduciary services to individuals, businesses and foundations. For additional information about the bank, visit busey.com.