Program set at Upshur schools

BUCKHANNON – Create Buckhannon will be donating a ready-to-decorate Little Free Library to all Upshur County elementary schools, organization volunteers said at a meeting Thursday.

The Little Free Library is a worldwide project involving a structure – usually in the shape of a house – that holds books that are free for a community member to take, read and even return if they choose to. Community members may also donate books to these ‘little libraries’ as easily as dropping them off when they pay it a visit. There are no late fees.

One such library already stands on Main Street in Buckhannon, just outside of the Upshur County Visitors Center; it is decorated in old license plates and artwork.

All six Upshur County elementary schools will be tasked with decorating their own Little Free Library for their school community. Create Buckhannon volunteer C. J. Rylands said Thursday that the Little Free Libraries will be delivered either next week or the week after it.

Create Buckhannon will also be donating Little Free Libraries to three or four of Buckhannon’s public parks, including the Buckhannon City Park, the Riverwalk and Jawbone Park. Create Buckhannon is looking for community volunteers or organizations to help monitor the Little Free Libraries that are to be installed at the parks.

“These need looked at more than weekly,” Rylands said at Thursday’s Create Buckhannon meeting.

What volunteers or organizations would be tasked with doing is making sure that the Little Free Libraries are well-stocked with books to share among the community. This does not necessarily mean that the volunteer or organization is responsible for providing the books to stock them with, Rylands said.

Rylands told Create Buckhannon attendees that he has plenty of books to select from to stock the libraries. Because the Little Free Libraries are a community project, anyone who wishes to donate books to one is welcome to do so.

Buckhannon residents Lois and Rich Clemens will monitor the Little Free Library that will be placed at the Buckhannon City Park on Park Street, Rylands added, but volunteers and organizations are still needed for the others.

To find out how to help, email Create Buckhannon volunteer Mel Stemple at

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