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Posted: Wednesday, July 4, 2018 6:00 pm

The University of North Georgia’s Habitat for Humanity club doesn’t just build homes for families to live in; students also construct miniature houses that hold children’s books. 

With the help of advisor Gary Adcox, the Oconee Campus Habitat club made Little Free Libraries, at least one of which has been placed at Harris Shoals Park in Watkinsville. The program is a book exchange whereby residents are encouraged to take a book and leave a book in its place. 

Students were inspired by Leadership Oconee, which held a book drive earlier this spring in parnership with the Oconee Area Resource Council. The group’s motto was to provide nouishment for both the body and mind. 

“During the drive, hundreds of books were collected, including books at a reading level too advanced for children,” noted UNG Communications Specialist J.K. Devine. 

Adcox explained that with the influx of books, the idea arose to build a Little Free Library. The UNG Habitat Club built the libraries, painted them and presented them at a Watkisnville City Council meeting. 

“I think it sets an example of how to give back to your community,” said Adcox. 

Devine said that the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity was founded in 2006 by Randall Parish, a professor of political science at UNG, and Jim Konzelman, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UNG.

The city of Watkinsville has another Little Free Library on Jackson Street that was built by Chris Morgan and his family. Another one built by a Boy Scout sits adjacent to the Oconee Veterans Park Community Center. 

For more on this story, see the July 5 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, go to oconeeenterprise.comor call (706) 769-5175.

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