Caswell County citizens now have another place to borrow books for pleasure reading, thanks to Piedmont Community College (PCC). PCC has added a Little Free Library on its Caswell County Campus in Yanceyville.

Students in PCC’s Historic Preservation Carpentry class, taught by Darrell Madden, constructed the Little Free Library as a service learning project. Gunn Memorial Public Library also assisted during its weekly children’s story hour program by recruiting children to decorate the enclosed box and mounting pole with their handprints. The Little Free Library is located near Building P, next to PCC’s main entrance where it can be easily accessed.

A couple of the children who helped decorate the box, Carley Herndon and Jase Hill, were on hand along with their grandmother, Gail Aldridge, and borrowed the first books when PCC opened the Little Free Library in December. Caswell County Commissioner Kenneth Travis also attended the opening.

“We are excited to be able to offer another way to encourage reading in our community,” said Shelly Stone, Caswell County Provost. “The construction of the Little Free Library structure was a great way for students to experience service learning; they did a great job with the project. We look forward to seeing lots of people borrow and return books.”

Stone said students also plan to add a walkway and landscaping around the Little Free Library.

Little Free Libraries are cropping up across the nation as another way to encourage reading. They are often located in neighborhoods. They consist of an enclosed, weather-proof box mounted on a pole where anyone may stop by to pick up a book and/or bring a book for others to share.

PCC is stocking its Little Free Library with books suitable for school-aged children (K-12th grade). People who want to donate books in good condition are asked to bring them to PCC’s main building, Building K, and leave them at the front desk. For more information, call (336) 694-5707. To learn more about the Little Free Library concept, go to



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Photo 1: Little Free Library opening

Pictured from left are: Caswell County Commissioner Kenneth Travis with Jase Hill; Gail Aldridge with Carley Herndon; PCC Caswell County Campus Provost Shelly Stone; and PCC Historic Preservation Carpentry instructor Darrell Madden at the official opening of PCC’s Little Free Library. PCC students constructed and mounted the structure as a service learning project.

Photo 2: Selecting the first books

Children attending Gunn Memorial Public Library’s Children Story Hour decorated PCC’s Little Free Library with their handprints. Two of those children, Jase Hill and Carley Herndon, pictured here with their grandmother Gail Aldridge and Caswell County Commissioner Kenneth Travis, were the first to borrow books from the Little Free Library.

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