The Conway community has yet another Little Free Library added to its area.
The new addition is located at Woodrow Cummins Elementary, 1400 Padgett Road, in Conway.
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world,” according to the organizations website.
Julie Olson, the library media specialist with the school, told the Log Cabin Democrat in an email that Woodrow Cummins held a read-a-thon in the spring to raise money for the library, a goal she had to give kids access to new books over the summer.
She told the LCD the school also held a used-book drive at the end of the year to collect more to refill the little library all throughout the break.
“As always, our families were super generous and six boxes of books were donated,” Olson said. “We had a book swap during that week, too, so the kids could start out the summer with a few new titles.”
She said while it’s school project, the books are for all the kids in the community. Students were asked to make sure that their friends from other schools knew they were also welcome to drop by the new addition and swap books.
The Little Free Library at Woodrow Cummins is registered on the nonprofit’s website and can be located on the world map.
"2018 marks the 10th anniversary of our amazing elementary school,” the Woodrow Cummins Little Free Library’s online description reads. “This spring, our students had a very successful read-a-thon, and we thought it would be fun to purchase our own ‘Little Free Library’ with part of the money that we raised. Now, when our students ride bikes or walk the dog in the school neighborhood, they can stop by our school and swap a book. We're looking forward to sharing our love of reading for 10 more years ... at least.”
Today, there are more than 70,000 Little Free Libraries in 85 countries across the globe, its website reads, with three out of four people who have said they read a book through the program they wouldn’t normally have otherwise and 73 percent who have said they’ve met more neighbors because of one of the libraries.
In August 2015, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway had its official opening for its Little Free Library at 925 Mitchell St.
The project was implemented, including building the box — which is a small-scale replica of the church itself — and stocking its shelves, by members.
The library box is mounted near the entrance by the sidewalk.
The Twisted Purl, a full-yarn retail shop contains a Little Free Library inside. The business is located at 2850 Prince St. Suite J in Conway.
First Presbyterian Church in Conway, located at 2400 Prince St., is also home to a Little Free Library.
For those who live outside the Conway community, a Little Free Library is also located at Kathleen Hicks’s place of residence, 83 Mauldin Road, Quitman, Arkansas.
Hicks previously told the Log Cabin Democrat that she always enjoyed reading as a child and decided to take that love and make it available for everyone by creating the library in January 2017.
She told the LCD that while there were several libraries close by, she wanted to be able to offer an alternative to her community, one that would be open all the time.
To learn more about the organization or to find a location, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.