A new community resource is available outside the Union County Human Services building at 2330 Concord Avenue in Monroe. Thanks to Union County Girl Scout Troop #2275, a new Little Free Library is available near the entrance of the parking lot, next to the information stand.
Girl Scout Whitney Ray built the Little Free Library for her Silver Award project with help from her grandfather, Jay Ray of Mint Hill. Her hope is the Little Free Library will be a tremendous resource, particularly for younger community members who enjoy reading or are learning to read. The Little Free Library serves as a book exchange for anyone to borrow a book or donate a book for others to enjoy.
Union County Management recognized Ray’s efforts with a brief presentation on May 7. County Manager Mark Watson commended Ray’s efforts. “It’s because of people like you, with hearts like yours, that make this community special. You are what make this community special,” Watson said to Ray.
Ray is an honor roll student and cheerleader at Porter Ridge High School. She has served as a Girl Scout for five years and is honored to receive the Girl Scout Silver Award. Ray, who enjoys reading, saw a need for easy to access free books, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic when children were out of school and some were unable to access books online. This was the inspiration for her to create the free library book exchange. She plans to keep it stocked with donated books and encourages others to donate books as well.
Little Free Library is a national nonprofit that builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries.
Pictured left to right: County Manager Mark Watson, Deputy County Manager Michelle Lancaster, Whitney Ray, Human Services Agency Assistant Director Janet Payne