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Posted on: April 19, 2021

Free Little Libraries installed around Georgetown area

Little Library box painted to look like a house, standing at East Bay Park.

The Friends of the Georgetown Library are pleased to announce a new project: providing Little Free Libraries in several locations in Georgetown.  Over the past eight months the group has launched the libraries in cooperation with the Georgetown County Libraries, the city of Georgetown, Maryville Elementary School, Arnett African Methodist Episcopal Church, and many, many Friends of the Georgetown Library.

The purpose is to supplement the wonderful work already being done at the Georgetown Library and the outreach of the Bookmobile by making books available in Little Free Libraries to children and adults in four locations throughout the city.  The city government has given its enthusiastic blessing along with support from Maryville Elementary School, Arnett African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Freedom Readers.

Two Friends, John and Alston Beckman, have creatively and beautifully constructed three of the Little Free Libraries and the posts, with each of these Libraries a replica of an historic building in Georgetown.  The three are the Rainey House (921 Prince Street), the Bowley House (231 King Street), and the Winyah Indigo Society building (509 Prince Street).  They really do look like them, down to the exact colors of the buildings.  The fourth Little Free Library, located outside the Maryville Elementary School, was created as an Eagle Scout project by Daniel Taylor of Troop 300 and has been adopted as part of this project.

All four are registered with and included on the world map of LittleFreeLibrary.org (charter numbers 119472, 119473, 119474, and 119475).

The four Little Free Libraries are located at

East Bay Park by the playground on East Bay Avenue

Mount Zion Park at the intersection of Congdon Street and Merriman Road

Maryville Elementary School at 2125 Poplar Street

Arnett African Methodist Episcopal Church at 900 North Merriman Road (to be completed mid-April)

Books are being provided through donations to the Library and regular culling of the Library's collection. And books in the Little Free Libraries are available to children, youth, and adults, as they say at the Little Free Libraries...

 

TAKE A BOOK      If you see a book you would like to read, you may take it.

LEAVE A BOOK   If you finish a book, you may bring it back—or share it with a friend.

KEEP A BOOK      If you enjoy a book, you may keep it—and read it again.

 

Heartfelt thanks go out to 

John and Alston Beckman 

Tim Chatman, valued consultant and co-worker

Dwight McInvaill and the staff of the Georgetown Library

Mayor Brendon Barber and City Administrator Sandra Yúdice 

Tonja Johnson, Principal, Maryville Elementary School

Rev. Winston Jones, Gerald Williams, and Lillie Jean Johnson at Arnett African Methodist Episcopal Church

Dr. Tracy Bailey, Freedom Readers

And our volunteers who have adopted the four Little Free Libraries:  Linda Abate; Claire, Lydia, Luke, and David Duvall; Jackie Hoelscher and members of the book club, John and Mary Lou Kenny, and Laurie and Barbara Passmore

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