Little Free Library Book Drop now at WellStar Spalding Regional

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WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital announced the opening of its “Little Free Library Book Drop” outside the entrance to the hospital’s Women’s Center.

The library site opened on July 10.

Rock Springs Christian Academy art teacher Grace Anderson and her students designed the look of Spalding Regional’s box. Art students Taylor Jones and Larissa Prince created the actual box on hand for the opening.

The “Little Free Library” is a new initiative of the Spalding Collaborative, whose focus is to build lending libraries providing books to children where they might not have access to the Spalding library.

The Collaborative goal is to have 12 or more new lending libraries in 2017, and add additional libraries in 2018.

The libraries operate through the honor system of “take a book, give a book.” The collaborative determines the library locations and also seeks organizations to either buy or build a library, and be responsible as stewards for their individual library.

WellStar Spalding Regional’s book drop is the first to open in the county to gather books and provide an inventory for all of these libraries.

This inventory system was the project conceived and organized by a Griffin-Spalding Leadership 2017 team — Kathleen Smith of the WellStar Foundation, Kim Stephens of WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital, Andrea Dunson and Dale Ammons of First National Bank, and Fred Rudbeck of Georgia Power.

This group designed a program to obtain books through larger organizations in the community and also allow the community at large to donate children’s books through these new book drops. Each book drop host, such as WellStar Spalding Regional, delivers all the books to First National Bank of Griffin who built an inventory system to house and assist in distribution of the books needed to supply the “Little Free Libraries.”

“Our goal was to provide a sustainable and manageable inventory system to support the “Little Free Libraries” well into the future, allowing our community’s children access to reading no matter where they are,” Griffin-Spalding Leadership Team Leader Kathleen Smith said. “Our team had a great time organizing this project and now on behalf of all of us, we invite you to donate books for all our kids.”

Donate new or gently-used children’s and young adult books, for reading ages 5 to 18 anytime 24 hours a day. The books will then supply the “Little Free Libraries.”

Submitted to Griffin Daily News by
Jennifer Hudson
WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital
Senior Marketing Strategist