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Little Free Libraries to be Unveiled at Birmingham City Parks This Weekend

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Friday, May 20, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Children visiting Birmingham City Parks will soon have a new feature to enjoy. This weekend Little Free Libraries will be unveiled at parks throughout Birmingham. The libraries will allow residents to pick out a free book to enjoy. There are currently over 25,000 little libraries around the world, and Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson worked with Carnelle Howell, Director, of Community Partnerships for GPS Educational Services to bring the libraries to Birmingham.

“Connecting the public with free reading materials and resources is what we do, and this project is another way for us to bring the library into the communities that we serve,” Mr. Howell said. “The libraries will not only provide educational benefits, but they will also help to promote a greater sense of community amongst neighbors, who may take the opportunity to meet in their local parks to read a book.”

The first set of libraries will be unveiled at Maclin Park on Saturday, May 21st immediately following the park’s ribbon cutting ceremony that will begin at 9 a.m. Councilor Roberson said that the unveiling could not come at a better time as the city will have the opportunity to showcase a new park for the community as well as new features for the entire family to enjoy.

“We’re really changing the core of our communities by ensuring that we provide the public with the fundamental tools to succeed,” Councilor Roberson said. “Families can now visit the park to take in fun, physical activities, and enjoy a book or two at the same time.”

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Director Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.