HAZARD — A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the unveiling of a Little Free Library located at Harmony House Bed and Breakfast in Hazard on Wednesday.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander reiterated how important reading is to children and young adults.
“Knowledge is power,” Alexander said during a short speech before the ribbon cutting.
Harmony House Bed and Breakfast Owner Sherri Spradlin fell in the love with the idea of Little Free Libraries during a recent trip with her family to New Jersey and wanted to bring one to the Harmony House Bed and Breakfast.
This is the third Little Free Library Perry County currently has. The first one is located at McDonald’s in Hazard and the other one is located on the campus of Roy G. Eversole Elementary School.
Lee Ann Gabbard, the community literacy manager with Save-the-Children, got involved with the Little Free Library project through meetings at InVision Hazard.
At the meetings Gabbard met Spradlin and Kristen Collins.
Spradlin said both Gabbard and Collins were instrumental in helping her get the Little Free Library set up at the Harmony House.
Several locations have been scouted for future Little Free Libraries. Tours will be offered to take kids and young adults to each Little Free Library, with different activities to be hosted at each one.
The Little Free Library was built by Jamie Burton and Burton said it took him nearly 20 hours to complete it.
It was painted by Raeanna Barrnet.
Both Spradlin and Gabbard hope the Little Free Libraries will get the youth to read more and help improve tourism around Perry County.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.