A new little library pops up in Concord

  • Patrick Tufts from Granite United Way, Jay Schumacher from Lincoln Financial Group and Sabina Prescott, property manager at Royal Gardens, cut the ribbon on the new Little Free Library at 30 Sullivan St. in Concord on Nov. 23. Courtesy of Granite United Way

  • The new Little Free Library at the Royal Gardens apartment complex at 30 Sullivan Street in Concord. Little Free Libraries operate on a "take a book, return a book" honor system. There are currently seven Little Free Libraries around the city, and three more will be installed soon. —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 11/24/2020 5:43:56 PM

A new Little Free Library was unveiled at the Royal Gardens apartment complex on Monday as part of a new investment in literacy through the Concord Reads initiative.

The library is the first of four that will be installed around the city over the next few months by Granite United Way, which helps coordinate the annual Concord Reads program with the city’s big library. Little Free Libraries operate on a “take a book, return a book” system. There are currently seven located around the city, set up by different people or organizations.

“We were proud to build this Little Free Library and are glad that it will help encourage reading throughout our community,” said Jay Schumacher of Lincoln Financial Group, who serves on Granite United Way’s Community Impact Committee. Schumacher built the small library structure with his son.

Monday’s ribbon-cutting served as a public announcement of a two-part investment in literacy in Concord. Besides the Little Free Libraries, Concord Reads is also supporting literacy for students at Broken Ground School and the Boys and Girls Clubs.

“We know that literacy is a key driver in the success of our young people, helping them to be successful in school, career, and life. We also know that literacy improves our civic engagement and our community’s health,” said Granite United Way president Patrick Tufts. “It is truly a powerful skill for our young people, and we are committed to developing partnerships to build this skill in our community.”

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