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The Little Library

"Little libraries hold big dreams and shared stories, connecting communities one book at a time."

In 2018, families from Holy Cross evacuated to Columbia, S.C., during a hurricane. There, they encountered their first Little Free Library. Being avid readers, they believed such an initiative would be a fantastic addition to the Holy Cross neighborhood. Thankfully, Pete Lake, with his exceptional skills, constructed our inaugural Little Free Library. Rene Gouverneur artistically painted it, featuring designs of flowers, leaves, and insects, reminiscent of our prayer path dedicated to St. Francis. Over time, hundreds of books have been exchanged through its doors. During the Covid pandemic, it was a blessing for our community. While the elements wore down the initial library, a new one, painted in schoolhouse red, now stands in its stead, continuing its valuable service.  Take a book or leave a book as you wish.

Close up of the Little Library outdoors with the pond in the background.  The library is filled with books.

Another way that Holy Cross connects with reading programs is through our active partnership with Cape Fear Kids Get Books.  The organization's mission focuses on providing quality reading materials to young learners in grades K-2 from Title 1 underperforming schools, as well as children aged three and four from income-eligible Pre-K programs in New Hanover County. Beyond financial support, several of our members volunteer at Mary C. Williams Elementary School to assist with their reading program.

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