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TAKE A BOOK, LEAVE A BOOK

THE JACKSON SUN

Have a book? Leave a book. Need a book? Take a book. That’s the purpose of the “Little Free Libraries” dotting Jackson’s downtown landscape.

The Jackson-Madison County Public Library, in partnership with the city of Jackson and the Jackson-Madison County School System, has opened four more of these Little Free Libraries.

Mayor Jerry Gist dedicated the first of these on Wednesday at Malesus Park. Of the other three, one has been placed at Grubb’s Grocery, one at RIFA and one at Woodstock Bake Shop in downtown Jackson.

The Little Libraries began as old newspaper racks, donated by the Sun, and turned into works of art by JMCSS students. Together with one previously donated at Liberty Gardens Park, the city has five Little Libraries.

According to Dinah Harris, director of the Jackson-Madison County Library, “Little Free Libraries are an excellent way to advance two of the library’s main

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Grubb’s Grocery Supplement Manager Laura Lamun holds the door open to one of the Little Free Libraries outside her store as Jackson-Madison County Library Director Dinah Harris places books inside.

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Jackson-Madison County Library Director Dinah Harris talks about the Little Free Library in Malesus Park in South Jackson on Wednesday.


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objectives: the promotion of literacy and building community. These small libraries are very popular worldwide, with more than 50,000 in existence. Community members are encouraged to ‘Take a book; leave a book.’ This is a great way to share books that you have found especially entertaining, inspiring, or enlightening.”

Dr. Deborah Frey, academic literacy coordinator at Jackson-Madison County Schools, adds, “These Little Free Libraries will be located in areas and communities that do not necessarily have easy access to books. Designed and painted by students in the school system, these Little Free Libraries will provide encouragement to our community to practice and enjoy reading at home for all levels of readers. Take a book, leave a book, clean out your bookcase, or donate leftover books from yard sales. Please join us in our goal of getting more reading materials into children’s and adults’ hands.”

For more information on Little Free Libraries, including how to create one, visit https://littlefreelibrary.org/. LFLs must be officially registered with a one-time fee of $40.

Region Inter-Faith Association Executive Director Lisa Tillman places books inside the Little Free Library outside RIFA's Thrift Store. It is one of five such libraries throughout Jackson.

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