Prince William SPCA Gifts New Animal Books to Little Free Libraries at Local Schools
December 20, 2018 – Woodbridge, VA – The Prince William SPCA volunteers are out this holiday season making deliveries of new animal books just in time for the winter break. Earlier this year, twenty schools received Little Free Libraries as part of a donation from the Prince William SPCA. Benton Middle School as well as Coles, Ellis, Henderson, Marshall, Montclair, Penn, and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools received book donations this week while the remaining 12 schools will receive a delivery over the next two weeks. Included in the donations were popular books such as Hachiko Waits, A Home for Dakota, Where the Red Fern Grows, Oh the Pets You Can Get, Charlotte’s Web, Before You Were Mine, To Kill A Mockingbird, and, of course, Dewey the Library Cat—one of the group’s favorite books to share. While the Prince William SPCA is partial to animal-themed books, many different genres can be found in the little libraries. This makes visiting the libraries a unique and always-changing experience for the entire family. The little libraries inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by encouraging everyone to “take a book, share a book.”
“We’re thrilled to help stock the libraries with wonderful animal books that can be read and shared by the students,” says Prince William SPCA Board member and former Reading Specialist Carol Litchfield, who made the first round of deliveries. Mrs. Litchfield continues, “The program provides a direct way to share animal books with the students and the public. We’re promoting humane education and giving back to the community. The students were very excited to tell us about how they use the libraries and can’t wait to read the new books just added. We hope this encourages the students to continue to visit the libraries and develop a life-long love of reading.” Students are encouraged to stop by during winter break, or any time, to pick up a book or donate one they have read. The best part about the libraries is that they are open to the public 24/7.
In addition to the 20 little libraries at the schools, the Prince William SPCA has also built a little library at each of the two local animal shelters. For a list of locations or more about the program, visit www.pwspca.org/little-free-libraries.
Funding for the Little Free Libraries and the recent book donations is made possible by the Prince William SPCA’s “PWSPCA Youth” program, which supports projects that focus on young animal lovers who are under 18 years of age. The Prince William SPCA sponsors 13,000 copies of Kind News magazine which is distributed annually in local schools. The magazine, which is available free of charge in K-6 classrooms, teaches empathy and encourages reading. The Prince William SPCA has also sponsored scholarships, an essay contest, scout programs and other educational programs geared toward youth.