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10th Little Free Library at DeVotie Baptist

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DeVotie Baptist Church is hosting the 10th Little Free Library located next to its playground on Ruth Street.

Worship Leader Brett Duncan said he “stumbled upon one” in Jackson, saw them pop up here and wanted to host one at the church.

“I saw that as an extension of beautifying the community,” Duncan said.

He noted it is also part of the church’s goal of “reaching up, reaching out, reaching in” to the neighboring community.

Minister Daniel Foster said it is “fantastic to reach children in the neighborhood, to build a relationship with children in the neighborhood, to let them know we are resource here for you.”

Brett Bell — who has spearheaded the Little Free Library initiative with the Spalding Collaborative — thanked Duncan, saying, “we didn’t even ask. He came to us. Thank you for your leadership.”

Bell said he first learned about the Little Free Library when Doris Breland at the Collaborative told him about it and how it has promoted literacy in communities across the country.

“In December, I said to ‘Mrs. Doris, let’s do this, and the community has done this,’” Bell said.

Bell said the goal was to do one a month, beginning in January and with this one, there have been 10 so far, with two more planned for next month — at Northside Hills Apartments on Sept. 15 and at the Griffin Area Resource Center on Sept. 29.

Also next month, Bell said, there will be a ribbon-cutting Sept. 8 at First National Bank for the drop box being located there.

Andrea Dunson of First National Bank organized the book sustainability program for the Little Free Library initiative, getting that job added to the marketing director position at the bank, which has a room set aside as a library of books to go out to the Little Free Libraries, sorted by children’s, youth, fitness and adult.

WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital also has a book drop by the Women’s Center at the hospital, Dunson said.

Bell thanked the ongoing supporters of the Little Free Library initiative — including First National Bank, WellStar and the Griffin-Spalding County Library. The library, he said donates books too. There is no competition. He thanked the art departments at Spalding High School and Rock Springs Christian Academy which had decorated some of the boxes.

“It’s amazing how this initiative has brought so many spokes of the wheel together,” he said.

For more information and locations of the Little Free Libraries around town, visit http://spalding.gafcp.org/little-free-library-initiative/ or contact [email protected] and [email protected].