Source: Salisbury Post

A number of schools in Rowan County have Little Free Libraries where students and parents can borrow books to read for free. A local bookstore owned by Alissa Redmond is donating 500 books to make sure there’s plenty for folks to read during the quarantine, according to the Salisbury Post.

Redmond was inspired to help after reading about meal-delivery programs in the county. Buses deliver food to students since they cannot eat at their school cafeterias. She contacted Brittany Saunders, the school district’s Lead Literacy Coach.

“I reached out to her to see if there is anything that can be done now, and finally settled on the Little Free Libraries because there were so many difficulties with transportation through the buses to distribute free books to kids right now,” Redmond told the Salisbury Post.

Saunders told the Post that the act was pure kindness from Redmond. The hundreds of new books would give students something to be excited about, she says.

The books are not just for children, either. The 500 include a mixture of books suitable for preschoolers all the way up to adults. 

Redmond has been able to stay open amidst the pandemic and she felt lucky to be in a place where she could give back to the community. 

There are 17 Little Free Library boxes around the county.

Read more about the book donation and the Little Free Library boxes from the Salisbury Post.