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Fifth Little Free Library going in May 31

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The fifth Little Free Library in as many months is scheduled to open on May 31 at the Fairmont Community Center.

It will have a theme of the Three Little Pigs, with three doors with books in three different ages ranges. The sponsor for this one is the Rotary Club of Griffin, with Spalding County Parks and Recreation as the steward, according to Brett Bell.

Bell has spearheaded this effort to promote literacy and has plans to continue with one each month through December. There has been community support for the effort, with sponsors coming forward to maintain, help to build and stock the Little Free Libraries.

“Community involvement has been just as expected,” Bell said. “Griffin-Spalding is a place in which folks care about one another.”

Bell said supporters include book contributions from the Flint River Regional Library, book drop sites at First National Bank and WellStar Spalding Regional, box decorating by students at Rock Springs Christian Academy and art students at Spalding High School, and box building by Sisavath Remodeling.

“We continue to seek and welcome greater interest coming about,” said Regina Abbott from the Spalding Collaborative, “and we see the Little Free Libraries as being sustainable for many years forward.”

The current Little Free Libraries, by month opened, locations, sponsors and stewards are:

• January, CHARMS at Fairmont Homes, sponsored by Designed Created International, Eula Redding as steward;

• February, The Oaks at Park Pointe, sponsored by Phillip and Jackie Smith, Griffin Housing Authority as steward;

• March, Third Ward Park, Doris Breland as sponsor, with Breland and Don Crider as stewards;

• April, Griffin Regional Welcome Center, Sisavath Remodeling as sponsor, Griffin+Spalding Leadership as steward.

Bell has locations, sponsors and stewards lined up for the eight more through the rest of the year.

“It is our intent to have First Lady Sandra Deal attend one of our upcoming ceremonies in support of her Literacy Education Initiative,” Bell said.

After the May 31 opening, Bell has another scheduled for June 9, at Knowledge is Power, 229 West Poplar St., with GBS Printing as sponsor and Rhetha Brown as stewards. Dates for seven more have not yet been determined, but the following are locations, sponsors and stewards:

• Spalding Heights/Northside Hills Apartments, sponsored by Southern Crescent Technical College, Northside Hills leasing office as steward;

• Healthy Life Community Garden, sponsored by Georgia Power Foundation, Patty Beckham as steward;

• Airport Road Park, with Haisten McCullough Funeral Home and Clint Kent as sponsor and steward;

• Nine Oaks Apartments, Griffin Housing Authority as sponsor and steward;

• Orchard Hill Park, sponsored by Sue Gilpin, Orchard Hill City Clerk Harriette Dearing as steward;

• Raymond Head Park, with Department of Juvenile Justice as sponsor and steward;

• City Park near The Grind Skate Park, with Lifesong Church Youth Group as sponsor and steward.

Email Brett Bell at [email protected] if interested in sponsoring a Little Free Library, landscaping the area around one of the sites, and/or being a steward.

“There are several ways to be a part of this phenomenon,” Bell said.