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October 21, 2016

Read Greer: Little Free Libraries Make Greer Great

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Free books are now available in Greer thanks to a new collaborative partnership aimed at increasing literacy awareness and access to books in our community. As a part of the Partnership for Tomorrow’s “Make Greer Great” grant, two new Little Free Libraries have been planted in Greer. There are over 36,000 of these small book exchanges across the world and now there is one at Needmore Community Center and one at Victor Park.

These Little Free Libraries are a part of Read Greenville’s goal to increase access to books across Greenville County. Read Greenville is a community-wide awareness campaign spearheaded by Greenville First Steps aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of reading and writing every day.

“By helping to install Little Free Libraries across our community, we’re making access to free books that much easier,” says Anne Lee Buck of Greenville First Steps. “And by partnering with local organizations who know their community, we can ensure the Little Free Libraries are planted in the best locations for families.”

The Greer Partnership for Tomorrow is a community initiative for the future of Greer. Partnership for Tomorrow focuses on Greer’s economic development, community master plan, quality of life and communications.

“Partnership for Tomorrow is excited to partner with Greenville First Steps for these amazing free libraries,” said Mark Owens, Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.  “We are focused on our future and what better way than to provide an opportunity for our young people to enjoy reading right in their neighborhood.  These libraries are also a work of art that will foster community pride in our neighborhoods which is our ultimate goal.”

Little Free Libraries works as a “take one, leave one” model but is supported by a local “steward.” The service learning students at Greer Middle College Charter High School periodically restock and maintain the Little Free Libraries.

“We know how important reading is to both academic and life long success,” said Shelly Bishop, Greer Middle College Charter High School Service Learning teacher. “Every child has the right to read!”

The hope is these creative and unique Little Free Libraries, designed by Greer Cultural Arts, will draw the attention of all ages and be one more piece of increasing access to books.

Free books are now available in Greer thanks to a new collaborative partnership aimed at increasing literacy awareness and access to books in our community. As a part of the Partnership for Tomorrow’s “Make Greer Great” grant, two new Little Free Libraries have been planted in Greer. There are over 36,000 of these small book exchanges across the world and now there is one at Needmore Community Center and one at Victor Park.

These Little Free Libraries are a part of Read Greenville’s goal to increase access to books across Greenville County. Read Greenville is a community-wide awareness campaign spearheaded by Greenville First Steps aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of reading and writing every day.

“By helping to install Little Free Libraries across our community, we’re making access to free books that much easier,” says Anne Lee Buck of Greenville First Steps. “And by partnering with local organizations who know their community, we can ensure the Little Free Libraries are planted in the best locations for families.”

The Greer Partnership for Tomorrow is a community initiative for the future of Greer. Partnership for Tomorrow focuses on Greer’s economic development, community master plan, quality of life and communications.

“Partnership for Tomorrow is excited to partner with Greenville First Steps for these amazing free libraries,” said Mark Owens, Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.  “We are focused on our future and what better way than to provide an opportunity for our young people to enjoy reading right in their neighborhood.  These libraries are also a work of art that will foster community pride in our neighborhoods which is our ultimate goal.”

Little Free Libraries works as a “take one, leave one” model but is supported by a local “steward.” The service learning students at Greer Middle College Charter High School periodically restock and maintain the Little Free Libraries.

“We know how important reading is to both academic and life long success,” said Shelly Bishop, Greer Middle College Charter High School Service Learning teacher. “Every child has the right to read!”

The hope is these creative and unique Little Free Libraries, designed by Greer Cultural Arts, will draw the attention of all ages and be one more piece of increasing access to books.

Visit the the new Little Free Libraries at Needmore Community Center, located at 202 Canteen Avenue, Greer, SC 29650 and Victor Park, located at 108 South Line Street, Greer, SC 29651. For more information about how to get involved with literacy efforts in Greenville County, visit www.ReadGreenville.com.

Since its inception in 1999, First Steps has helped nearly 340,000 of South Carolinas youngest children and their families get ready for school. As the Greenville’s only entity focused exclusively on increasing school readiness outcomes for all children, First Steps focuses on five broad strategy areas including early education, family involvement, quality childcare, health initiatives and school transition assistance.



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