Local little lending library provides free books sharing

By: Karen Edwards Email
By: Karen Edwards Email

News 12 This Morning/Monday April 14, 2014

(WRDW)--Alli Bryan's been working at the GRU Literacy Center for about 10 years now.

"I started off peer tutoring. I was in middle school," said Alli Bryan.

Now the office coordinator, Bryan says she's proud to be helping offer a little learning to the entire community.

"Take a book, leave a book," she said.

"Take a book, return a book," said Dr. Paulette Harris, founder of the Center.

Take a book--leave a book. That's how the little lending library outside of the GRU Literacy Center works.

Harris says this little library is for more than just those who come to the center for free tutoring.

"It's designed for the entire community. You can just come in, stand here, take a book," Harris explained.

"There's so many that don't enjoy reading and so being able to kind of come up to this little house and go through these books [is great]," said Bryan. "It's not going to be the same books every time."

"Even during the snow storm and ice storm there were moms who came here to get books for their children to read," added Harris.

In the three months since the library's opening, Harris says books have been flying on and off the shelves.

"We know it's working well because we're having to replenish the books everyday," Harris said.

Bryan tells me now she's just hoping to see the library continue to grow with the community.

"A lot of the children that we serve here may not have the funds to be able to go and buy and brand new book, but they want to be able to enjoy reading and so having this where on their way in or on their way out they can stop by, pick up a book and take it home and read it...is very important to us," said Bryan.

Now, the Literacy Center is working on a butterfly garden to accompany the lending library where folks can have a nice outdoor spot to enjoy their books. The garden is slated to be completed this summer.

The Little Lending Library is located right outside of the GRU Literacy Center, which is on Magnolia Drive in Augusta.

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