Little Free Library at Cowan Road Elementary School

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A rededication of the Little Free Library at Cowan Road Elementary School was conducted Friday to honor former Cowan Road Elementary teacher Julie McLean Smith. Smith died on July 25 after having been diagnosed with leukemia in September 2016. Smith’s former co-workers praised her for being a good friend and an upbeat person. From left are Kristen Specht, who painted the butterflies on the library; Jan McLean, stepmother; Dan McLean, father; Jeff McLean, brother; and Jonathan Smith, husband. Brett Bell, who is working with the Spalding Collaborative on the Little Free Library project, gave an update on the project. He said 11 libraries have been constructed this year. The goal had been for one library to be constructed each month, so the effort is ahead of schedule, he said.

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