PERRY COUNTY — Perry County is quickly becoming a treasured destination for Little Free Library enthusiasts. Within the past few months, Little Free Libraries have opened at the McDonald’s in Hazard and the park in Vicco. More sites are currently in the planning process. Last week alone, Perry County added two new locations to the list.
On Oct. 1, the ribbon cutting for the Herman Maggard Little Free Library was held at the Herman Maggard Kiwanis Park in Lothair. This Little Free Library was designed by a student of Hazard High School, Hunter Brashear, as an Eagle Scout project. Brashear belongs to Troop 90. A wooden bench is placed beside the library so readers will have somewhere to sit and enjoy their books right there in the park. Sam Collins of Kiwanis Hazard, along with City Commissioner Susan Brotherton and Judge Scott Alexander expressed appreciation for Brashear’s hard work and craftsmanship by attending the Oct. 1 dedication.
Later in the week, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place for the Little Free Library at the Leatherwood Blackey Park in Cornettsville. The 2nd grade class from Leatherwood Elementary participated and was treated to food and fun, plus a visit from Kerry and Gary with the Battle of Leatherwood Civil War Reenactment, which is taking place this year on Oct. 21, 22 and 23.
Save the Children holds firm interest in the establishment of Little Free Libraries in the Perry County region. These libraries allow readers to take books and return them when they are finished free of charge. Parks and public spaces that receive heavy foot traffic are ideal spots for Little Free Libraries. Designers of each library are encouraged to be creative. The effort also holds potential to attract visitors to the area because Little Free Libraries across the globe are registered online and marked with GPS coordinates, which compels enthusiasts to swing by during road trips and checkout each designers work for themselves.
Book donations are accepted for all of the Perry County Little Free Libraries. For more information, search Southeastern Kentucky Little Free Libraries on Facebook.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.