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Petersburg City Public Schools opens its third Little Free Library

Petersburg City Public Schools on June 4 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its third Little Free Library. The snug red-and-white library is located in front of Robert E. Lee Elementary. It was assembled by Petersburg High carpentry students in the career-and-technical-education class taught by John Brown. The school system received the library kit free via the Impact Library Program run by the Little Free Library organization.

Click here to see images and video from the Little Free Library event.

Little Free Libraries are free and open to anyone who wants to borrow a good book. The first two Little Free Libraries in Petersburg City Public Schools have been in place at Walnut Hill Elementary and Westview Early Childhood Education Center since last June. Second Baptist Church donated those two libraries.

At Lee Elementary, representatives of Dominion Energy were on hand for the Little Free Library opening, then visited second-grade classes to read to students and give them summer fun packs. Two of the Dominion Energy volunteers are alumni of Petersburg schools who have known each other since they were students at Robert E. Lee Elementary; Jennifer Grandstaff and Karla Duncan posed in front of the school as they did in a second-grade photo.

Little Free Libraries are found around the world: 70,000 in 85 countries. A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Little Free Libraries aim to promote literacy and develop a community that loves to read. They are small wooden structures located outdoors so that books are available 24-7. The website includes lots of information, including a world map showing the location of every Little Free Library. The Walnut Hill and Westview libraries are on the world map, and the Lee library will be added soon.

Everyone who has books to donate to the Little Free Libraries is welcome to do so. If you have a few books, just swing by Lee, Walnut Hill or Westview and add your books to the libraries. If you have so many books to donate that they will not all fit in a Little Free Library, then please call 804-862-7084 or email