Little Free Library now open for business

Pictured (l-r) are: Margaret Phillips, Pat Compton, Abbie Ballew, Vivian McGowin, Fleta Richard and library director Kevin Pearcey at the announcement of the Little Free Library. (Bruce Branum | The Standard)

BY MOLLIE S. WATERS

The Greenville Standard

Ever wanted to get a new book from the library, but waited too late and the library was closed? Now, patrons can still pick up a new read even after library hours. Last week, the Greenville- Butler County Public Library (GBCPL) placed a Little Free Library outside its doors near the front entrance. According to GBCPL Director Kevin Pearcey, having a Little Free Library is something he and the GBCPL Board have wanted at the library for quite some time. “The Little Free Library is a world-wide organization,” said Pearcey. “It allows people 24/7 access to books to read. Literacy is just so important, especially for young children.” Pearcey explained how the Little Free Library will work. “It operates like a book exchange,” said Pearcey. “You can bring books, you can leave books, or you can take a book.” Pearcey believes they will always be able to have books in the structure because of the number of donations they get each year from the citizens of Butler County. “We get a whole lot of support from the community when it comes to donating books,” said Pearcey. Pearcey also praised this unit’s donor, Abbie Ballew State Farm, who donated it in honor of Pat Richardson, who worked for the library for many years. “It’s another neat thing for our library,” said Pearcey. “We hope other businesses and other civic organizations may step forward and see this as something they want to do out in the community, so we can put these around Greenville.” Pearcey said there are a lot more of these in Alabama than one would think. “There’s actually a world map, and you can go see where they all are,” said Pearcey. To learn more about the Little Free Library program, including seeing the map where

they are located, visit littlefreelibrary.org.

 

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