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More Little Free Libraries planned

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The first Little Free Library of 2018 will be at the Spalding County Department of Family and Children’s Services on East Solomon Street.

Brett Bell, who has spearheaded the initiative, said Tuesday that “County Manager William Wilson and DFACS Director Phyllis Easton Barkley have approved the placement of the first Little Free Library of 2018 inside the DFACS center.”

Bell said a date has not been finalized as the county wants to mount the box so it does not tip over. The box, Bell said, “was donated to the initiative as a newspaper box by the Griffin Daily News; A.Z. Kelsey Academy students refurbished and designed its celebratory look.”

Discussions are also under way, Bell said, “with Anne Street Elementary Principal Pearla Hodo about placing the reconciled Little Free Library taken out of Raymond Head Park to that of the school’s compound.”

That box, sponsored by the Department of Juvenile Justice, was vandalized just before Christmas. It since been repaired.

Discussions are also under way to locate two Little Free Libraries at Wyomia Tyus Park, Bell said, “one near each of the two children’s playgrounds.”

He also announced that the Spalding Collaborative Little Free Library initiative was awarded a $2,500 grant by Agnes B. Hunt Foundation.

“This money will be used to maintain the boxes already up, and purchase ‘gently’ used children’s books,” Bell said.

“We are in desperate need of children’s books,” he added encouraging people to drop off new or gently used children’s books at the two drop box locations — outside First National Bank’s main office, 318 South Hill St., and outside the Women’s Center at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital.