Little Libraries a hit

Downtown Rotary in need of children’s book donations

PHOTO PROVIDED Pictured from left, Lock Haven Rotarian April Welshans, Kashmiere’s mother Chantel Roberts, Kashmiere, and President of Downtown Rotary Club Diahann Claghorn. Chantel said her daughter Kashmiere saw the Little Library in Triangle Park, found that she could give her books to other children and in turn find ones she hasn’t read yet.

LOCK HAVEN — Little 3-year-old Kashmiere traded in some of her books last week at the Little Red Free Library in Triangle Park in Lock Haven.

She brought two books she had received through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program, a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five. The program is sponsored locally by Clinton County United Way. Literacy is supported by Rotary Clubs throughout the world.

Kashmiere brought a third book she says she “grew out of.” The books she brought will be able to be borrowed and read by other youngsters.

The public is invited to borrow or trade books or just take one home to read. There are children’s books as well as adult books to choose from all of which have been donated. Some people have been seen sitting on the benches in the park, reading a book while relaxing.

Another Little Red Free Library is located in Hanna Park, close to the pavillion and the kiddie play yard.

Little Libraries are located at various places across the nation, but these are the first to be located in the City’s parks.

The Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven plans to place Little Libraries in at least two more parks next year. These first two were built by volunteer Tom Brown of T.L. Brown & Son Construction. He says he came close to permanently losing site in one eye and since then has had an extra special place in his heart for literacy.

The Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven is in need of more children’s books. Anyone who wishes to donate a book or books can drop them off at one of the Little Libraries or call Downtown Rotary President Diahan Claghorn at 814-571-5324.