The first Little Free Library of this year was dedicated Tuesday at the Spalding County Department of Family and Children’s Services.
Brett Bell, who has spearheaded this campaign for the Spalding Collaborative, said “this box is the first for 2018, but we’re still at the original count of 20.”
The box, he said, is the one that had been at Raymond Head Park but was vandalized and then repaired by the sponsor, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and redecorated by Crystal Sisavath.
“The Sisavaths have had a hand in about half of the boxes,” Bell said, building, decorating and/or sponsoring them.
This is the second attempt at putting a box at DFACS, Bell explained, after another box, decorated by students at A.Z. Kelsey, in hot pink glitter, “was problematic, and not conducive for this location. Glitter got all over the place.”
DFACS Executive Director Phyllis Easton Barkley cut the ribbon on the box in the lobby of the DFACS offices at 411 East Solomon St., Griffin.
Bell said there are at least six boxes awaiting locations and one will be going in at Anne Street Elementary School to replace the one from Raymond Head Park, so the area can be served. He thanked Anne Street Principal Pearla Hodo for her efforts and explained there will be contest at the school, with the winning class getting to decorate the box for the school.
A couple of boxes will be going in at Wyomia Tyus Park by the playgrounds, Bell said, and a solar-powered, lighted box will eventually go in at Healthy Life Community Garden, once work is finished out there.
The Little Free Library campaign, Bell said, “has brought together folk who would not otherwise work together, it’s not just a Collaborative effort.”
The Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce, its Leadership classes, and Chamber members, as well as city and county officials, local schools, businesses, churches, civic clubs and scouts have worked to support the effort by providing locations, sponsors, building or decorating boxes and donating books.
“It’s an example of the many different layers or spokes being a part of this,” Bell said.
“The whole theme is take a book, leave a book,” Bell said, “but if don’t have a book to leave, or you really love the book and want to keep it, that’s OK.”
First National Bank and WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital have drop boxes to accept new and gently-used books. First National Bank also houses and sorts the books to be distributed to the Little Free Libraries when stewards see the books are running low.
Ray Lightner, Griffin Daily News March 28