Lake County 4-H club opens first of five miniature community libraries

Who:    The Deep Roots 4-H club supported through the Lake County 4-H Youth Development Program of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.

What:    Thanks to funding and donations from the Florida State 4-H Foundation, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bob Strier of Bookman Bob, Ace Hardware and local residents, the Deep Roots 4-H club members have planned and constructed five miniature community libraries, four to be installed at local public parks and one that will travel with the club to events.

The libraries will house 5,000 books donated by Bookman Bob, and most will be for young readers. The project aims to help more children access books and experience the joy of reading. Borrowers do not need a library card, and there are no late fees.

The opening of the first library will coincide with several youth soccer games at the same location. About 400 youth are expected to participate in these games. The Deep Roots 4-H club will invite players to discover the library and learn about the project.

The event will include a ribbon cutting, a brief talk about the history of the project and a book reading by Elizabeth Steele, youth services library assistant at the East Lake County Library.

This project has the enthusiastic support of city officials, the Lake County Library System and the Lake County department of parks and recreation.

When:    March 24, 5:30 p.m.

Where:   East Lake Community Park, 24809 Wallick Road, Sorrento, FL 32776

Contact: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu

Shaumond Scott, 352-294-2911, scottsa@ufl.edu

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By Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307, grenrosa@ufl.edu

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