Brookhaven, GA – The Cross Keys Foundation unveiled a “little free library” on Thursday at the Briarwood Park playground.
With a goal of setting up and operating ten new libraries by spring, the Foundation launched the celebration in partnership with the Briarwood Park Conservancy to mark the opening of the first site.
The lending library encourages young readers to take and leave books in the park.
Brookhaven Storage has offered self-storage space to serve as the warehouse for the Foundation’s book inventory. Cross Keys Foundation President, Kim Gokce explained, “We have hundreds of books in the warehouse ready to go for this unit and the others we are going to be installing.”
Foundation Board Member, Yehimi Cambron, provided colorful artwork that adorns the library at Briarwood Park. Cambron’s little sister, Melissa, a local student served as the ceremonial guest of honor. Students from Woodward Elementary and Ashford Park Elementary also joined in the fun.
The Cross Keys Foundation is calling on community members to help with ideas for other site locations. “We want to pepper the landscape with these units in high profile areas where children live and play,” said Gokce.
The Foundation is identifying and managing volunteers to do everything from building libraries, installing them and decorating them to running book drives and maintaining inventory.
This youth literacy program is funded by a grant from the Atlanta Braves Foundation.
Those interested in joining the effort should contact Kim Gokce via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Cross Keys Foundation, visit http://crosskeysfoundation.org/wordpress/