AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia Regents University will unveil and dedicate a new Little Lending Library at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the university’s Literacy Center on the Forest Hills campus.
This public, free-standing library will be housed in a weatherproof birdhouse on the front lawn of the center and will contain a variety of books, including bestsellers, children’s books, and young adult novels, to encourage reading.
Based on an honor system of “Take a book; leave a book,” users are encouraged to borrow a book to read; then return the book or donate another one it is place. There are no checkout limits or late fees.
“This movement is to provide free access to books at the neighborhood level is one of the most powerful literacy movements today, and we are grateful to be a part of that in the CSRA,” said Dr. Paulette Harris, Literacy Center Director and Cree-Walker Professor in GRU’s College of Education.
According to Harris, this project was made possible through support from the Daughters of the American Revolution and Wesley United Methodist Church.
GRU’s Little Lending Library is a part of the Little Free Library network which began in 2009. Today, there are an estimated 12,000 little libraries in 52 countries. GRU’s center will be registered with the national network at littlefreelibrary.org.
Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. http://www.gru.edu