NEW HAVEN — A number of “little libraries” will be erected in Mason County this summer, thanks to the efforts of several groups and a state grant.
The libraries are a joint project by the Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS), Mason County School System, Mason County Career Center, and Mason County Future Farmers of America (FFA).
The little libraries are permanent wooden boxes set up in various locations that contain books. The goal is to have people of all ages borrow a book from the box, read it, then return it. The program is based on the honor system.
While all of the boxes have been built by students at the Mason County Career Center and will be erected by members of the FFA, under the leadership of Advisor Sam Nibert, the CEOS and school system are sponsoring the libraries for different ages.
The CEOS recently delivered the first little library to the Town of New Haven, where it will be erected on the city building grounds. This library was sponsored by the Avalanche CEOS.
According to member Eleanor Hoffman, the library was filled with books donated by the women of the Avalanche group. They will also monitor the library and add new books as needed. She said both the Pleasants and Wohelo CEOS are sponsoring libraries, as well. Books filling the CEOS libraries will be for all ages and will include various genres.
The second entity providing the little libraries is the Mason County School System. According to Becky Hatfield, elementary curriculum coordinator, a state “Campaign for Grade Level Reading” grant was received to fill the little libraries the school system is erecting.
Little libraries will be placed at Jordan’s Landing in Camp Conley, Tu-Endie-Wei Manor behind Piggly Wiggly in Point Pleasant, the area near Shawnee Homes and Pleasant Valley Apartments in Point Pleasant, and at Beale and Ashton elementary schools.
Hatfield said the grant money will be used to purchase children’s books of various reading levels to be placed inside the box libraries. It is hoped that the children will borrow and then return the books, she added, but books not returned for any reason will be continually replaced.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.