Three little libraries are in the works

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The Griffin/Spalding community has 28 Little Free Libraries but with three are planned to go up by the end of June.

Brett Bell — who has been spearheading the local effort along with a lot of help from the Spalding Collaborative and the community — said the next one will be at Anne Street Elementary School. The Spalding High School art students are decorating newspaper boxes donated by The Griffin Daily News.

“When this first started,” Bell said, “the intent was to do 12, one a month. We got there and then some, by community interest and support.”

First National Bank and Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital have drop-off sites for books.

“Andrea Griffin of First National and the Griffin Junior Guild now go around to all 28 boxes and check to see if they need books or repairs,” Bell said.

Homer Maddox, Bell said, is the part-time maintenance man for the boxes, making repairs, replacing doors, and repainting.

Bell, as vice chairman of the Spalding Collaborative, is asking for the help.

“At this stage,” Bell said, “it needs to be a community effort to maintain the boxes. If you see a box needs fixing, fix it. Everybody and anybody can help.”

He’s also working with the Rotary Club of Griffin to challenge all the clubs in District 6900 to each put up a box.

“Literacy is a direct focus of District Gov. Jim Squire,” Bell, a Rotarian, noted.

“We will give them direction on how to build and maintain a box. Send a picture to us,” Bell said.

The Rotary Club of Griffin erected the three “Three Little Pigs”-themed boxes at Fairmont Park.

“We will erect another at the new dog park. It will have a dog theme,” Bell said.

“We are asking everyone to chip in and be a part,” he said.

Nat Doughtie and Bob Stapleton on the Community Service Projects Committee at Rotary, Bell said, “will be working with other service organizations to be a part of the sustainability, asking them to take on boxes, to make sure the boxes are maintained and don’t become dilapidated.”

Griffin Daily News Staff Report March 29, 2020