The World needs Books!
She gets going around 1:40. Madison for President! So passionate and fun.
8-year-old Madison Reid of Cleveland is quickly becoming an Internet star after being interviewed by WKYC Channel 3 at a November grand opening for a new Little Free Library. She was there with her mother, Tracy Reid, who is a steward for one of five Little Free Libraries that PNC has funded for the Fairfax neighborhood.
Her enthusiastic speech about why “the world needs books!” has been viewed thousands of times on WKYC’s Facebook page and is getting rave reviews from people who love her dramatic flair.
In the 3-minute video, captured by videographer Jeff Reidel, the Wade Park School student gives an excited speech about how much she loves the Little Free Library concept.
As Madison really gets into her message and starts preaching about the importance of reading books, her growing crowd of onlookers claps and cheers for her.
Within days, her speech had made its way to the Wisconsin-based executive director of the Little Free Library movement. Todd Bol travels the world to promote the grassroots literacy effort he co-founded, and he happened to be in Cleveland around the same time that Madison’s video was starting to take off.
“She’s a way better spokesperson than I am,” he said, laughing as he watched the video.
There are now more than 10,000 Little Free Libraries all over the world, including the one inside the PNC Fairfax Connection, 8220 Carnegie Ave. – which is the one that Madison can’t stop rhapsodizing about.