Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) is excited to announce the opening of another official Little Free Library in this area, at the Head Start center in Palmyra.

Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) is excited to announce the opening of another official Little Free Library in this area, at the Head Start center in Palmyra.

The Little Free Library is a gift from the Head Start Program of Douglass Community Services and F.A.C.T. This will be the only registered Little Free Library in Palmyra. The grand opening event will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at 405 E. Olive St. in Palmyra.

Little Free Libraries are hand-crafted structures filled with constantly changing collections of books donated and shared by people of all ages and backgrounds. Most Little Free Libraries are placed in front yards, parks, gardens and easily-accessible locations.

Although many businesses and apartments may have had “take a book, leave a book” shelves for years, the idea of a network of unique structures with stewards, signage and social support began in 2010. As of June 2016, there were nearly 40,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 70 countries. This new library will join the other registered ones in the local area at the F.A.C.T. office, #4 Melgrove, 110 Shepherd Place and Douglass Community Services, 711 Grand Ave. in Hannibal.

This new Little Free Library will be stocked with an assortment of children’s literature and books for youth.

“Although the Little Free Library concept is for you to, ‘take a book – return a book,’ we at F.A.C.T. want any family to feel free to stop by and get a book. Whether you read it as a family or the children read it by themselves, we want to promote reading. Children who grow up hearing stories and reading books will not only do better in school, they will do better with life.”

This new library was made by volunteers for the Head Start Programs. It will be stocked and opened by Head Start. The public is invited to attend a brief ceremony at this location. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new or gently-used children book to add to the library.

For more information on Little Free Libraries, please visit littlefreelibrary.org or call the F.A.C.T. office at 573-221-2285.