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Little library opens in the Warsaw Town Park

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 11:10 am

Thanks to the hard work of students at Richmond County Elementary and Middle Schools (RCEMS) and the Northern Neck Technical Center, children visiting the Warsaw Town Park will be able to take books home with them.

The little library project was developed as part of RCEMS’ Appreciation Project, which is a student-led initiative mentored by the special teachers. This year, the fourth graders brainstormed ways to make a difference in their community and voted for their favorites. In addition to the library, community projects also included helping the Tappahannock/Essex Animal Shelter and residents at The Orchard.

Students searched the internet for building plans and worked with Michael Sisson, who runs the carpentry program at the Technical Center, to get it built. The fourth graders also spent an afternoon at the Technical Center staining the completed library. Now that it is installed, they hope that kids will donate books in addition to taking books home in order to keep the project going.

James Heltzel, one of the student leaders said that he chose this idea because “I like reading and I thought it was a cool idea.”

Fourth graders, along with librarian Amy Passagaluppi,

load up the library with donated children’s books.