At White Lake Township Library, neighbors come together to fix each other’s broken things

Apr 27, 2018

You've heard of cat cafes, board game cafes, and tech cafes. What about repair cafes?

Last week, the White Lake Township Library, about 35 miles northwest of Detroit, held its fourth repair cafe. Instead of throwing away a broken lamp or a shirt with a hole in it, people came to the library to get it fixed.

Community experts set up tables like a flea market and volunteered their services.

Organizers say the library held the first repair cafe in Michigan last year. Now, at least five other communities have joined in.

“It’s been a good experience, people are happy,” said Denise Harris-Fiems, the programming librarian at the White Lake Township Library. “There’s networking going on, and it’s a nice vibe in the room.”

The White Lake Township Library has been hosting a Repair Café every six months.

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