Have you recently visited the Stockbridge Main Street Program’s Little Free Library in Clark Park? If so, you have probably noticed an awesome variety of new children’s books. Main Street has recently established a new partnership with Ferst Readers of Henry County to ensure that Stockbridge’s youngest residents will have ample access to great books.
“We are pleased to partner with the Main Street Program,” says Doris Griffin, Ferst Readers of Henry County Chair. “[This collaboration] will
help keep quality children’s books in the City’s Little Free Libraries, especially the one located at Clark Park.”
Ferst Readers of Henry County is the affiliate of Ferst Readers (formally the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy), a national nonprofit organization with the mission to “provide books for local communities to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success.” This national organization strives to improve early learning opportunities for every child regardless of income, race, religion, or gender with the philosophy that any child who cannot read is at-risk.
Locally, the parents of every child born at Piedmont Henry Hospital are invited to register with Ferst Readers. These children will then receive a free, age-appropriate book each month from birth to age five. While participating in the program, each family can establish a home library of 60 books!
“We’re inviting every merchant in Stockbridge to partner with us in providing age-appropriate books to preschool children in their homes,” continued Griffin.
“People who settle in our community also shop here. Every book we provide to a child is a step toward creating an educated populace that will keep Henry County a great place to live, work, and do business.”
Visit ferstreadershenry.org for more information about the organization or contact Mrs. Griffin at HenryCounty@ferstreaders.org.
Children check out the “Kids Books Only” Little Free Library in Clark Park.