Second free library placed at T.R. Simmons

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/30/16

A second free library box has been placed in Jasper at T.R. Simmons Elementary School.

The free library at T.R., sponsored by Nelson, Bryan & Jones, is housed inside a refurbished Daily Mountain …

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Second free library placed at T.R. Simmons

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A second free library box has been placed in Jasper at T.R. Simmons Elementary School.

The free library at T.R., sponsored by Nelson, Bryan & Jones, is housed inside a refurbished Daily Mountain Eagle newspaper box and will serve as a station to encourage students to read.

“We’re so happy that we could sponsor one of the free libraries,” Allison Jones of Nelson, Bryan & Jones said, adding that the law firm may sponsor another free library in the near future.

The first free library box was placed in downtown Jasper at G. May & Sons in July, and more free libraries are expected to be in service in the coming months, as sponsors are secured.

“We have committed as many old newspaper boxes as needed to the project,” DME Publisher James Phillips said. “This is a creative way for us to promote literacy in our county, and we are happy to partner in the free library program.

Brian Bohanan, a folk artist, painted the newest box at T.R. Simmons. He also contributed to the FRAMES mural in downtown Jasper. More of his work can be found at www.bohananfolkart.com.

T.R. Simmons Principal Jonathan Allen said the new free library will be beneficial to the school, especially for students who may not have many books of their own at home. With the free library method, students will be able to take books with them and even contribute books they may have to the box for other students to read.

Allen said he hopes to soon add books written in Spanish to the box for the school’s Hispanic students.

“All the students were so excited to see the box arrive this week, and we’re grateful to everyone in the community who has been involved in the free library initiative,” he said. “It’s our hope that the box will not only be of benefit to our students, but our parents as well.

Partners in the free library project include the The Literacy Council of Central Alabama - Walker County, Jasper Main Street, Lamar’s Glass, Walker County Arts Alliance, Daily Mountain Eagle and Honda of Jasper.

Artists who paint the free library boxes are offered a stipend provided by grant funding. Those interested in painting one of the free library boxes or anyone who would like to sponsor a free library may call Jasper Main Street Executive Director Mike Putman at (205) 275-7789.

Allen said anyone who would like to donate books to be placed in the free library at T.R. Simmons may drop them off at the school.

Books for all other boxes may be dropped off at the Walker County Arts Alliance office at First Bank of Jasper on the first floor.