HAZARD — A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Roy G. Eversole Elementary School for the unveiling of their Little Free Library. Staff, community leaders and organizers hope the library will inspire students to read more.
Staff at Roy G. Eversole said they got the idea of the Little Free Library because of how successful the one at McDonald’s was doing and wanted to bring the idea of the Little Free Library to their students.
Kimberly McNamara, a Resource Assistant at Roy G. Eversole had hoped the Little Free Library would be opened before summer break, that way students could pick up books or leave books over summer break.
McNamara said Resource Director Sandra Olinger was instrumental in getting the Little Free Library at Roy G. Eversole.
Principal Jamie Hughes believes that if kids read, they can do anything. He said kids can go to places just by reading.
“It’s an opportunity for parents and kids to have an opportunity on an honor system to come in and pick up a book, take a book, bring it back and get another one,” said Hughes.
He hopes the Little Free Library will encourage students to read more and allows the chance for students to learn by reading.
“It’s really added to our campus, kids can come out here during the day, get a book, sit on a blanket and read. It’s a really good thing,” said Hughes.
McNamara’s father, Kenny Anderson, built the Little Free Library for Roy G. Eversole.
Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to show his support for the project.
“I think it is an amazing thing, anytime you open the opportunity to kids to have access to books, giving them access to knowledge. That’s great,” said Alexander.
Alexander hopes in the future that more Little Free Libraries will be constructed around Perry County and make it more accessible to residents.
“Reading is knowledge and knowledge is power,” said Alexander.
Alexander said anytime the Perry County Fiscal Court can support the youth and their educational opportunities, The Fiscal Court will offer as much support as they can.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.