Blacksburg teen and father build Little Free Library in Market Square Park

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) People in Blacksburg looking for a good book at a low price can now just go to a park near downtown.

In Market Square Park, where the Farmer's Market is held, a new Little Free Library is standing with plenty of books to check out.

Blacksburg High School student Vivian Lawrence built it with her father, after visiting another one in town on daily walks with her dog.

She said it was important for her to give this to Blacksburg.

"I built this this Summer going into my senior year and I was getting a little sentimental thinking about leaving Blacksburg, which will probably happen for college and I wanted an opportunity to give something back to my community."

“We appreciate this gift so much,” said Blacksburg Community Relations Manager Heather Browning. “Not only is it a great example of giving back to your community in a meaningful and impactful way, but it’s sharing the gift of literacy and the love of books with people of all ages.”

Lawrence stocked the Library with books she donated, and hopes new ones will soon cycle through.

"I went to this thrift store, outlet store, where you basically buy things by the pound. So I got a lot of kids books that were light. It wasn't a big investment, just a lot of hours of digging around in boxes looking for good quality things to put in."

She said she focused on getting a lot of kids books for young readers.

"We found that children take books and don't necessarily put them back in. So we donated around five boxes of mostly children's books to the library when we put this in and they'll be continuing to support it long after those five boxes of books are gone."

And while she plans to move away for college, she will be back to visit and said this little free library may not be the last.

She explained, "When we bought the supplies for this one, we actually bought enough for two.

"We originally thought about maybe building one on the Huckleberry or in a park. We'll have to talk with the Town if we wind up building another one and see where it would best serve our community."

The Town said Tuesday the Community Relations Office will also accept donations of gently used books to help keep the library stocked over time. Books can be delivered to 203 Washington St., SW, (The Historic Five Chimneys House), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 pm.

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