Northside Hills hosting 11th Little Free Library

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The 11th Little Free Library will have a ribbon-cutting celebration today at 4 p.m., at Northside Hills Apartments.

The apartment complex at 615 Northside Drive will host the celebration and be the steward. The Little Free Library there is sponsored by Vulcan Materials Company.

Next week, the existing LIttle Free Library at Cowan Road Elementary School will be dedicated to the memory of Julie McLean Smith by the McLean family and the school. That ceremony will be Friday, Sept. 22 at 3:30 p.m.

There will be another on Friday, Sept. 29 at City Park at 4 p.m. It will sponsored by Civitan Club of Sun City. Life Song Church’s Youth will be the steward, according to Brett Bell.

The Little Free Library initiative has been spearheaded by Bell and the Spalding Collaborative to promote literacy in the community. Bell said he first learned about the Little Free Library, when Doris Breland at the Collaborative told him about it.

“In December, I said to Mrs. Doris, let’s do this, and the community has done this,” Bell said, last month, at the dedication for the 10th one a DeVotie Baptist Church.

Bell thanked the ongoing supporters of the Little Free Library initiative.

“It’s amazing how this initiative has brought so many spokes of the wheel together,” Bell said, referring to the many businesses and individuals who have stepped up to support this initiative.

There was a ceremony last week for one those — First National Bank — which has become the library for the Little Free Libraries by collecting, sorting and storing donated books that go to stock and replenish books at the Little Free Libraries. The bank now has a drop box to accept donated books. WellStar Spalding Regional Women’s Center also has a drop box.

For more information and locations of the Little Free Libraries around town, see http://spalding.gafcp.org/little-free-library-initiative/ or contact brettbell@designscreated.biz and doris@spaldingcollaborative.com.