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POSTPONED: 8th Little Free Library coming to Healthy Life Community Garden

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On Monday, Brett Bell announced the Little Free Library at the Healthy Life Community Garden, is being postponed until construction at the site has been completed.

Bell said he met Monday morning at the garden with Spalding County Leisure Services Director Kelly Leger and Patty Beckham of the Extension Office.

“It is our position due to the garden being built out in the coming months with onsite classrooms, restrooms, plus possibly a gazebo that the erecting of the Little Free Library’s location would best be positioned once the construction has been completed,” Bell said.

A ribbon-cutting for the Little Free Library there had been scheduled for Wednesday and it has been postponed. The Healthy Life Community Gardens is on the site of the former Fairmont High School which is now a part of the county’s Heritage Park SPLOST project which also includes renovations to the the remaining buildings including the former Rosenwald school.

The next ribbon-cutting is scheduled on July 28, with two Little Free Libraries at Orchard Hill Park, which Bell said is pending approval by the Orchard Hill City Commission. He said Monday, “I should know if they say yes or no by end of day… so yes, these two are on pause too.”

If approved, this would keep Bell on tracK with at least one a month since he began in January. The two proposed for Orchard Hill Park, Bell said, “one at the playground near entry of park, and one placed in the park along the walking track for adults.”

One of those will be sponsored and stewarded by Sue and Chuck Gilpin. The other will be sponsored by Sam and Crystal Sisavath, and their family will serve as stewards.

In August, a Little Free Library will be at Raymond Head Park, with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for 4 p.m., Aug. 18. It will be sponsored by Department of Juvenile Justice:, with Juvenile Justice students, youth as stewards, Bell said.

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The next Little Free Library opens next week at the Healthy Life Community Garden.

This will be the eighth one so far this year. It will be sponsored by Georgia Power Company Foundation and the steward will be Patty Beckham.

A Griffin-Spalding County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting is scheduled for noon, Wednesday, July 12 at the garden on the campus of the former Fairmont High School at 3rd and Jefferson streets.

Organizer Brett Bell began this effort to promote literacy in the community and is working with the Spalding Collaborative and the Chamber of Commerce to select locations and find sponsors and stewards.

There’s a second ribbon-cutting scheduled on July 28, with two Little Free Libraries to be at Orchard Hill Park. There will be “one at the playground near entry of park, and one placed in the park along the walking track for adults,” according to Bell.

One will be sponsored and stewarded by Sue and Chuck Gilpin. The other will be sponsored by Sam and Crystal Sisavath, and their family will serve as stewards.

The 11th Little Free Library will be at Raymond Head Park, with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for 4 p.m., Aug. 18. It will be sponsored by Department of Juvenile Justice:, with Juvenile Justice students, youth as stewards, Bell said.

The seven current Little Free Library locations are:

• CHARMS, 211 Quincy Ave. Apt. 2, Griffin, at Fairmont Homes. Bell, and his business, Designs Created International, is the sponsor and Eula Redding is the steward. Artwork was done by students at Rock Springs Christian Academy.

• The Oaks at Park Pointe, Griffin. It was sponsored, with construction and art by Dr. Philip and Jackie Smith. Stewards are Felicia Johnson and Robert Dull of the Griffin Housing Authority.

• Third Ward Green Park, at Beize Street and Forrest Avenue, Griffin. It is sponsored by Doris Breland, who along with Don Crider and family are stewards. Artwork was by Spalding High School art students Leisha Modina Garcia and Justin Casteel.

• Downtown at East Broad and South Hill streets, by the city parking lot across from the Griffin Regional Welcome Center. Sponsors and stewards are the Griffin+Spalding Leadership Class of 2017, with construction and art work by Sisavath Remodeling.

• Fairmont Community Center, 241 Blanton Ave. It has a “Three Little Pigs” theme, with three boxes for different age groups. It was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Griffin, with construction and art work by Sisavath Remodeling. Steward is Da’Shundria Davis, the Fairmont Community Center supervisor.

• Knowledge is Power, 229 West Poplar St. It is sponsored by Griffin Business Service and the steward is Retha Hollis Brown.

• Airport Road Park and Walking Track, 199 Airport Road. It was sponsored by Clint Kent of Haisten-McCullough Funeral Home, with artwork by Tami Scheuer. Stewards are Lorie Oliver and David Stroud of Country Financial.

To help keep the Little Free Libraries stocked, donations of gently-used books are accepted at First National Bank, which is the collection center. There’s also a drop box by the Women’s Center at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital, where books can dropped off.

There are also three other Little Free Libraries located in the community, at Jackson Road Elementary and Cowan Road Elementary schools, and outside Dr. Reid’s Home on East College Street.