4-H Members Exemplify Service to Others Through Little Free Library

One of the goals of 4-H Youth Development is to impress upon our youth the importance of community service.  With that in mind, the Country Bumpkins 4-H Club has embarked on a continuous community service project called “Little Free Library.” This community service project was created by Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. This program offers individuals a free library in their neighborhood.  The concept is to “take a book – leave a book” and is for youth and adults of all ages.  This program provides access to books for participants that may not otherwise have an opportunity to do so.  You may find information regarding this organization at https://littlefreelibrary.org/

Club Leader Terri Hardin cuts ribbon on inaugural Little Free Library in Cypress Park.

The Country Bumpkins 4-H Club under the direction of Club Leader Terri Hardin established a pilot library at the Cypress Community Park on May 19th.  If well received, the goal is to place a “Little Free Library” at other parks in Jackson County.  To accomplish their goal, the club has sought out monetary or in-kind assistance in acquiring the materials needed to start this first library. To establish additional libraries, they are still accepting donations of money or materials. Your donations are tax-deductible as Jackson County 4-H is a recognized 501(c)3 entity.

Club Leader Terri Hardin and members of the Country Bumpkins 4-H Club pictured with the “Little Free Library” they established in Cypress.

Materials needed include:

Books (appropriate for all ages)

Crayons/Colored Pencils/Pencils

Small Notepads/stationary

Lumber and Bright Colored Paints

So, if you or your children are looking for a good book to read, the Little Free Library in Cypress Park is open for reading. Come and browse the selection of books they have.  The club hopes to have more books available soon and you are welcome to drop off any books that you would like to share.

Please consider helping our 4-H youth reach their goals of giving back through this worthwhile community service project.  You may contact Club Leader Terri Hardin at (850) 272-3728 with questions specific to this project.

4-H offers a broad spectrum of projects and activities to serve a variety of interests, skills, and knowledge. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development program, please visit the 4-H Youth Development page at http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/jackson/4-h/ .  You may also contact the 4-H Office at (850) 482-9620 or email amgranger@ufl.edu.

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