Local Schools Receive Gifted Little Free Libraries from Prince William SPCA
June 2018 – Twenty Prince William County Schools have received Little Free Libraries thanks to a $3,495 grant the Prince William SPCA. Special thanks goes out to Mr. John Dolan, a teacher at Beville Middle School, for facilitating this project. His students received the library kits and constructed them over the 2017-18 school year.
While the scope of books at the new libraries will not be limited to animal themes, the Prince William SPCA will work to provide a selection of animal books at each of the schools. Books about animals teach children empathy, which can go a long way in battling so many challenges the students face every day. Children who care about animals will also care about their fellow classmates, adults and other people in the community. Anything the Prince William SPCA can do to foster this compassion is a win-win for the children and society as a whole. We are looking forward to having more places where we can share these great books with young people and have them available 24/7.
Funding for the Little Free Libraries donation 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.
Congratulations to the following schools that received a Little Free Library sponsored by the Prince William SPCA: Antietam ES, Bennett ES, Benton MS, Coles ES, Covington Harper ES, Ellis ES, Glenkirk ES, Henderson ES, Lake Ridge ES, Loch Lomond ES, Marshall ES, Montclair ES, Mullen ES, Penn ES, Rockledge ES, Rosa Parks ES, Sinclair ES, Springwoods ES, West Gate ES, Westridge ES
Girl Scouts and Prince William SPCA Build Little Free Libraries at Two Local Animal Shelters
August 2016 – The Prince William SPCA and Girl Scout Troop 1917 are proud to announce that they are the stewards of two new Little Free Libraries. The Junior Troop from Lake Ridge, VA, had an idea to sponsor the libraries to earn their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. The girls love animals and wanted to share that passion through the libraries and animal-themed books. They decided there was no better place to have the libraries than at the Prince William County Animal Shelter and the Manassas City Animal Adoption Center. To help with the cost of the $1,500 project, the troop partnered with the Prince William SPCA. The libraries were installed in late August 2016, and are open for business. Visitors are encouraged to take an animal book home or leave an unwanted book there to share with others. The library also features an informational brochure box, and a dog leash hook to keep Fido safe while visitors browse.
Prince William SPCA and Girl Scout Troop 1917’s Little Free Library Locations:
Prince William County Animal Shelter (Photos above)
14807 Bristow Road
Manassas, VA 20112
Manassas City Animal Adoption Center
10039 Dean Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
About the Prince William SPCA
The Prince William SPCA is an all-volunteer organization established to benefit the animals of the greater Prince William County, Virginia, area. The organization is dedicated to protecting domestic animals from cruelty, neglect, and abandonment, and stopping the unnecessary overpopulation of companion animals. To learn more, visit www.pwspca.org.
About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia. Scouting makes her vision a reality by helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing. To learn more, visit www.girlscouts.org
About the Little Free Libraries
The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association, and Reader’s Digest named them one of the “50 Surprising Things We Love about America.” Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, please visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.