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Little Free Libraries Positively Welcome in Price Hill Park, Stone Center Park

Oxford is a well-known literature scene, thanks to its native son William Faulkner, and now it has further implemented its status with addition of two new Little Free Libraries in the Stone Center Park and the Price Hill Park.

Round Table Book Club cuts the ribbon at Stone Center Park.
Round Table Book Club cuts the ribbon at Stone Center Park.

The Round Table Book Club, with the support of Oxford Parks Commission, donated the Little Free Library at Stone Center Park, located at 423 Washington Avenue. Brenda West, member of the Round Table Book Club, said that her daughter, Michele West Stubor, painted the book stand as a floral-decorated yellow house with a shingle roof. The Round Table Book Club cut the ribbon on the LFL at 10:00 a.m. on June 1, and then joined the Woman’s Book Club at Price Hill Park located off Price Hill Road.

The Round Table Book Club joined Woman's Book Club at the Price Hill Park.
The Round Table Book Club joined Woman’s Book Club at the Price Hill Park.

The Round Table Book Club provided lemonade and widely-popular homemade cookies that the children of the Price Hill Park enjoyed. Oxford musician Silas Reed played as the children cut a red ribbon of the new Little Free Library as the retired schoolteacher Margaret Gipson snapped pictures on her iPhone. Gipson joined Oxford Alderman Preston Taylor to help the Woman’s Book Club bring a Little Free Library to the Price Hill Park.

Commenting on the impact the free books would have on the children retaining their education during summertime, Gipson said, “We thank you all for the opportunity for us to work with our children in the parks.”

Margaret Gipson joins the children as they look at the books in the Little Free Library.
Margaret Gipson joins the children as they look at the books in the Little Free Library.

Painted by Claire Whitehurst, the Little Free Library in Price Hill Park is already flush with books, some put in by the book clubs and some put in by the children themselves.

Julie Chadwick of Woman’s Book Club invited Oxford author Allison Estes to read Izzy and Oscar to the children at Price Hill Park. Estes and the children talked about the octopus and strange pets one could keep – quickly

All in all, the two book clubs enjoyed the bright Wednesday morning with the children as they celebrated their shared love of reading.

Brenda West speaks to the crowd at Stone Center Park.
Brenda West speaks to the crowd at Stone Center Park.
Round Table Book Club members fill up Little Free Library.
Round Table Book Club members fill up Little Free Library.
The Little Free Library in Price Hill Park is painted by Claire Whitehurst.
The Little Free Library in Price Hill Park is painted by Claire Whitehurst.
Julie Chapwick and other members of Woman's Book Club began filling the Little Free Library in Price Hill Park.
Julie Chapwick and other members of Woman’s Book Club began filling the Little Free Library in Price Hill Park.
The books kept coming!
The books kept coming!
The children at Price Hill Park immediately began looking at the books.
The children at Price Hill Park immediately began looking at the books.
The children at Price Hill Park cut the ribbon for their new Little Free Library
The children at Price Hill Park cut the ribbon for their new Little Free Library
Oxford author Allison Estes read "Izzy and Oscar" to the children after the ribbon cutting.
Oxford author Allison Estes read “Izzy and Oscar” to the children after the ribbon cutting.

Callie Daniels Bryant is the senior managing editor at HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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