UNION — Ribbon cutting and dedication of a “First Free Little Library” will be held at Union County Housing Authority Resident Services office Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. Every child who attends will receive a free, age-appropriate book and information on literacy.
The “First Free Little Library” is one of several in Union County. The other mini-libraries will soon be located on Main Street near Union County Pregnancy Center and at the Farmers’ Market in front of the YMCA. Families can stop by at any time and take or leave books to share with their children.
The “First Free Little Libraries” are possible through a community grant from Save the Children Literacy Initiative. The grant provided funds to place three “First Free Little Library” in Union County. Shemika Williams, a community literacy manager with Save the Children in South Carolina, said, “The goal for this project is to improve children’s literacy and preparedness for school.”
“We’re thrilled that so many families and community organizations came together to help teach children the importance of reading in their growth and preparation for school,” said Lisa Hartley, Executive Director of Union County Pregnancy Center.
Hartley worked with Carolyn Rutherford, Resident Services Coordinator at Union County Housing Authority, and other local leaders and partners to plan the event.
The new Little Library is also a partnership with Union County School. Union County Career Center students in Mr. Chris Ketterman’s second year Building and Construction class built the Little Library boxes and the Mrs. Pascall’s third year art class painted the libraries.
Union County Pregnancy Center, a nonprofit agency, received the community grant from Save the Children Literacy Initiative. The grant also provided fifteen “My First Libraries” for families with a child under two years old at Union County Pregnancy Center. The families received a container with twenty-five age appropriate books and a learning toy.
In addition, National Honor Society students from Union County High School read to children every Thursday from 5-6 p.m. The children receive a free book each week.
For more information about the mini-libraries and to find additional information contact Lisa Hartley at 864-426-2824 or by email at [email protected]
This story courtesy of Lisa Hartley, Executive Director of the Union County Pregnancy Center.