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United Way Of Lamar County Builds Little Libraries

The little free library outside of Crockett Elementary, located on Collegiate Drive in Paris.  Pictured:  Elizabeth Dattomo, Atmos Energy; Sabrina Rosson, United Way of Lamar County; and Don Dickerson, Paris Kiwanis.

Early this year, Atmos Energy gave a $3,000 grant to the United Way of Lamar County (UWLC) to construct “little free libraries” for children’s books. Currently, they have built three little libraries by the Paris Kiwanis. They are in place at Justiss & Crockett Elementary School in Paris and the Aaron Parker Elementary School in Powderly.

A “little free library” is a free book-sharing box where anyone can take a book or share a book. They function in the honor system. You do not need to share a book to take one.

Plans for more children’s little free libraries are in the works, and the United Way hopes to have them installed in Roxton, Blossom, and Detroit shortly.

In addition to the little free libraries to encourage and promote children’s literacy, the United Way of Lamar County is also launching a summer reading program called “Scavenger Hunting for Books” for kids in preschool through 6th grade. The kick-off for this program will be on Saturday, June 5, starting at 9:00 am at Bywaters Park.