Shalimar family starts little free library at Combs Park
SHALIMAR — Combs Park is the perfect place for a cookout, a basketball or volleyball game, or a nice jog.
Or if sitting under a tree and reading a book is more your speed, the park is now the perfect place for that, too.
On Thursday, residents and town officials celebrated the unveiling of a new little free library in the park. The effort to install the library was led by resident Natasha Henderson and her family.
"About a year ago, I was participating in an online course that was talking about creating an action statement for your life, and I was thinking that the things that I always want for my kids is to be happy, healthy and kind," Henderson said. "So we were like, that's probably something a lot of people want, is to live happy, healthy and kind."
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The idea inspired Henderson to start a Facebook group called Live Happy, Healthy and Kind and find things she could share to help inform, uplift and inspire the community.
"We wanted to start sharing with the community and encouraging them to live happy and healthy, and we were like, a little free library is a great way to do that," Henderson said.
The idea picked up steam quickly, and when the library was unveiled Thursday, Shalimar Mayor Mark Franks was there show his appreciation to the Hendersons and other volunteers who helped make it happen.
"The more books in or near the home, the more likely a child will learn and love to read," Franks said.
"This little free library project is a great example of promoting literacy. It provides easy access to a world of endless possibilities."
A little free library is a book exchange where anyone can take or leave books.
"We probably filled it with about 50 books of our own, but then I had a bin for people to share other books that they brought. We had other people drop off some books, so we'll be able to keep it stocked here for the next little bit," Henderson said. "It was nice to actually see some people from the community already bringing books to share.
"I think it's gonna be a hit."
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