“Knowledge is power”: the 6th small free library installed in Conway

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CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – A sixth small free library is now open in Conway in an effort to give children the opportunity to continue reading outside of school.

“Knowledge is power…so reading and getting the kids out…so I said, you know, I’m going to start this little library,” said Charlotte Beckman-Ortiz, who worked with Create Conway to start the library in the Tiger Grand Community.

Barbara Streeter, a board member of Create Conway, said she believed the library could help improve children’s literacy outside of school.

“I think this will help kids in all neighborhoods who don’t get a chance to go to the library in the summer to increase their reading,” she said.

The children seemed enthusiastic about the library.

“All the books we read during the summer,” said Félix, a neighborhood kid.

Some children are tasked with reading a certain number of books throughout the summer. A kid from the Tiger Grand community said the new library would be a big help.

“If you read 12 or something, you could have a sundae and pizza party, and the library thing would help me find new books because you can’t read the books you’ve read before” , did he declare.

Some young children enjoy the challenge of reading new books.

“{I love} that we can say words and do all the cool things,” Flynn said.

Beckman-Ortiz said she plans to add a memo box for kids to write her what they’re reading, what they want to read, or whatever they want.

“I’m excited! I really am,” Beckman-Ortiz said. “I’m so happy and happy for the kids. I think it’s going to be something fun for them. It’s going to get them out there.

Learn more about small free libraries here.

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