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From Enterprise Staff

little libraryLivingston’s first officially registered Little Free Library will soon open right in the heart of the community. The charming little library, located near Moseley Gymnastics Studio, will provide a hub for sharing literature and bringing the community together.

Little Free Libraries have become a global phenomenon, transforming neighborhoods into literary havens and encouraging a culture of reading. The quaint little libraries, resembling miniature houses, number more than 150,000 around the world in over 100 countries.

Livingston is joining the movement in this book-sharing concept to bring people together and create communities of readers due to the efforts of Shelly Hendrix. The Livingston ISD teacher will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening party for the community’s first Little Free Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 21 and the event is open to the public. The celebration will include family‐friendly activities and refreshments.

“Opening a Little Free Library is a testament to the power of education and community. As a teacher and parent, my mission is to ignite the spark of curiosity and knowledge in every child’s mind. By establishing this library, and others soon to follow, I strive to bring the wonders of literature directly into the hands of our young readers, empowering them to dream, learn and grow,” Hendrix said.

“Little Free Libraries are not just for children. They belong to all of us. Serving as a hub for literary exploration, all people including children, teenagers, adults and seniors alike are invited to engage in reading and trading literary treasures. Whether it’s a classic novel, a children’s storybook, or a non-fiction gem, these libraries offer a wide array of choices, catering to the reading preferences of every individual,” Hendrix said.

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation and the American Library Association. Reader’s Digest named it one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” To learn more, please visit littlefreelibrary.org.

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