Brett Bell and the Spalding Collaborative are “bringing Spalding together one Little Free Library at a time” with business and community coming together at locations across the county.
The next two Little Free Libraries will be at Orchard Hill Park. Bell said both will be placed near the entrance. One is sponsored and stewarded by Sue and Chuck Gilpin with the other sponsored by Sam and Crystal Sisavath and their family will serve as stewards.
One will be for children and one for adults. This has been done at other locations with the ones at Fairmont Park having three boxes for three age ranges of youth, and the one downtown across from the Welcome Center for adults.
A ribbon-cutting for the Orchard Hill Park site will at 4 p.m., Friday. Two more are planned next month — at Raymond Head Jr. Park at 4 p.m., Aug. 18 and at DeVotie Baptist Church at 4:15 p.m., Aug. 30.
The Department of Juvenile Justice will be the sponsor and its youth will serve as stewards for the one at Raymond Head Jr. Park while DeVotie Baptist Church is sponsoring and stewarding the one there. Bell has other locations, sponsors and stewards in the works.
He proposed doing at least one a month since starting in January and has kept on the pace, even with one being postponed earlier this month. One planned for the Healthy Life Community Garden was postponed because of the renovation work being done on the site of the former Fairmont High School as part of SPLOST-funded Heritage Park project.
“Once the construction has been completed we will move forward with a Little Free Library at this location,” Bell said.
The theme of the Little Free Libraries is “take a book, leave a book,” with the goal to promote literacy. There are seven so far, plus others at Jackson Road and Cowan Road elementary schools, and one on College Street, outside a doctor’s home.
The locations so far for the Collaborative effort are CHARMS at Fairmont Homes, the Oaks at Park Pointe, Third Ward Park, downtown at East Broad and South Hill streets, Fairmont Community Center, Knowledge is Power at 229 West Poplar St., and Airport Road Park.
To help keep the Little Free Libraries stocked, donations of gently-used books are accepted at First National Bank, which is the collection center. There’s also a drop box by the Women’s Center at WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital, where books can dropped off.
For more information Spalding Collaborative LFL Initiative, visit http://spalding.gafcp.org/little-free-library-initiative/ or email [email protected] and [email protected].