Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
Olive Hill now has its second Little Free Library. This new location, at J.A. “Skinny” Raybourn City Park, joins the first location, behind Olive Hill Elementary School.
That first Little Free Library was secured with grant funding from the Tri-State Foundation. This new location was funded by an Impact Grant from the Little Free Library organization, Stamper explained.
“The Impact Grant is through the Little Free Library (organization),” she said. “You can apply for it for needy areas, and they grant so many each (cycle).”
Though they did have to wait, Stamper said, it wasn’t long.
“We went through two cycles before we were awarded this one that we put here at city park,” she said. “But we finally got it installed, and ready for the kids to participate – and adults – there are adult and children’s books in there.”
Folks had already spotted the box, and started filling it with books, before Stamper came by with the stack of books donated by Little Free Libraries as part of the Impact Grant award. Stamper even had to rearrange the books to make room for them all before she could hold her ribbon cutting ceremony.
She said she took that as a good sign and hoped the community would make use of it.
Stamper isn’t done with her quest to encourage reading. Her next project is a story walk, where families can walk around a track area and stop at each story station to read another page or two of the story.
“I received a grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation, and part of that grant I requested for two story walks – one here at city park and one at Olive Hill Elementary,” Stamper said.
Though she still needs to get city permission to install the story walk segments, Stamper said the project is already funded once the city gives the go-ahead.
“But that will be a few months down the way, because they have to order it,” she explained, then it will have to be installed.
Once it is installed, though, she said the high quality aluminum panels should last for years, allowing them to cycle different stories in and out for families to enjoy.
Anyone is free to take a book they see in the Little Free Library, or to leave books for others to take. No library card is needed and there is no pressure to return books. The two Little Free Library locations in Olive Hill are official Little Free Libraries, and included in their registry of locations.
You can find more information online at littlefreelibrary.org.
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