HENDERSON, Ky. — When you love to read, it’s hard not to share your enthusiasm.
And that’s the case for third-grader Ellen Chaney, a student at AB Chandler Elementary and reigning Junior Miss Kentucky Bluegrass.
In the first week of June, Ellen put a Little Free Library box that her and her mom decorated near the playground in Central Park.
She has also “adopted” the Little Free Library at The Perch, and has been helping to maintain another one in Atkinson Park and established one at the Uniontown grocery store.
Ellen has plans for others in the future.
This project is part of another passion that Ellen has – pageants. As part of her pageant organization’s mission and in keeping with their motto – “Positive Pageantry” – participants are required to participate in a community project.
Ellen and her family got the idea for the Little Free Libraries while traveling in other cities. Ellen wants other kids to enjoy reading as much as she does.
They’ve already placed about 245 books for various ages groups in the boxes and Ellen believes they’ll hit 500 in no time.
In true Little Library fashion, Ellen provides directions at the libraries about how book borrowers should return the book they want to read at some point or, if they really like it and want it for their own, replace it with a different one.
In late July, she will compete in the national competition for her pageant organization and talk about her project.
Locations in Henderson parks for Little Free Libraries include: John F. Kennedy Community Center, Atkinson Park, East End Park, The Perch, Sunset Park and Central Park. There’s also one at Audubon Kids Zone.
(This story was originally published on June 12, 2019)