Farragut Rotary adds another Little Library

Tom KingFarragut

Farragut has its second “Little Library” in the town, and this one is open for business at the new Farragut Community Center, compliments of the Rotary Club of Farragut (RCF). The center and Little Library are facing Campbell Station Road across from Rural Metro’s station and headquarters.

The first Little Library, also installed by the RCF, is at McFee Park on McFee Road.

The club has stocked both libraries with books as well and maintains the supply of books. There are more than 90,000 Little Libraries around the world built on the concept of “Take a Book, Share a Book” – when you borrow a book replace it with another.

And it’s all free. The libraries increase book awareness in our neighborhoods. Experts agree that “one of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. But 61% of low-income families do not have any age-appropriate books for their kids at home.”

RCF Service Projects co-chairs Brian Elton and Sonya Ford have coordinated this project and helped with the installation on May 20. They were joined by RCF members Val Privett, Scott Bertini and president Ed Jones. Three “little readers” helped too – Layton and Brooks Ford and Noah Bertini.

Little Turkey Creek stream cleanup: In April we shared the news that our Stream Cleanup Team would be back in the creek from behind Costco to David’s Abby Carpets – about a half-mile section with deeper pools than you would think.

The RCF team collected 10 bags of trash and debris from the creek, including a baby stroller. Here are comments from team member and RCF past president Jim O’Brien: “The stream was pretty clean. We came upon an abandoned homeless camp where we picked up two pairs of jeans, two shirts, one boot, and some other stuff. We found an empty propane tank too.”

Cleaning Little Turkey Creek is an annual community-service event for our club. It matches well the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

To explore membership in the Rotary Club of Farragut, email Tom King here or call 865-659-3562. Tom King, a past president of Farragut Rotary, has served at newspapers in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and California and has been the editor of two newspapers.

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