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18th Little Free Library on Friday

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The box for this one is an old newspaper box donated by the Griffin Daily News and decorated by Spalding High School art students. Impact Racing Ministries will be the steward for the box.

This is the second newspaper box repurposed for a Little Free Library and decorated by Spalding High students. The other was No. 16 outside the Easy Shop on Experiment Street.

Two more Little Free Library dedications are scheduled for December — No. 19, 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Griffin First United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Drive, Griffin; and No. 20, 4:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 AMBUC’s Park in East Griffin.

The box at AMBUC’s Park is the second box built by Devin Woolf as part of his Eagle Scout project, according to Brett Bell, who has spearheaded the Little Free Library campaign for the Spalding Collaborative. The first one Woolf built was No. 15 at Sunny Side City Park.

In a letter to Collaborative board members, Bell and Doris Breland said “one year ago, the idea of the Little Free Library Initiative was planted. In January 2017, the Executive Committee gave its blessing. An action plan was developed, key community leaders were contacted, locations were scouted, sponsor letters were composed and the plan was launched.”

Bell said at the last dedication the plan was for one a month and they’ve met and exceeded that goal, with 20 projected by the end of the year and more to come next year.

“The purpose is to encourage our children to read for a better future and success,” Bell and Breland said in the letter. “It is an opportunity to encourage parents to read to their children.”

Bell has noted at each of the dedications that this venture brought together people from across the community including “civic organizations, individuals, businesses, Boy Scouts, schools, technical college and churches. Individuals and groups saw the valuable of using these boxes to promote reading,” he and Breland said in the letter.

There is a sustainability program, with book drop-off collection sites at First National Bank and outside the Women’s Center at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital. The collected books are sorted and stored for the stewards to replenish the Little Free Libraries as needed.

The community was invited to come out to a dedication, and to support the initiative “through your financial support,” Bell and Breland said. “This is a small investment in our children that has the potential to pay big dividends in our community’s future.”

Donations are tax-deductible and can be sent to Spalding Collaborative, P.O. Box 701, Griffin, GA 30224 or by PayPal on the welcome page of the www.spaldingcollaborative.com website. For more on the Little Free Library initiative, sponsors, stewards and locations of the boxes see http://spalding.gafcp.org/little-free-library-initiative/.