A group of people in bright orange coast guard jumps suits lean over the side of a ship to release a sea turtle.



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Little Free Library Now at Aquarium

Little Free Library Now at N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores 

Pine Knoll Shores, N.C. — A small teal house with white trim and a red door is the newest part of the world’s largest book-sharing movement, Little Free Library, and it’s found at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

In four days, Aquarium staff built the whimsical Little Free Library, with a gabled cedar-shake roof and small red chimney that make it look like it’s pulled from the pages of a storybook. Reading material for all ages was collected during a staff book exchange and has been used to stock the library’s shelves. An official unveiling will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 4 to conclude Read Across America Week. 

“All the materials we used to build the library we already had here at the Aquarium,” said Greg Cottrell, Aquarium exhibits technician who helped build the book-sharing library. “It’s fun and whimsical but educational. We want to have as many child- and family-friendly items for as many people as we can. If a child can visit and grab a book that they love, that’s great,” he said. 

The building of the Little Free Library at the Aquarium coincides with Read Across America Week established by the National Education Association, which aims to celebrate a nation of diverse readers throughout the year. While Read Across America Day was March 2, reading fun is year-round.  

“We’re excited to share the Little Free Library with our community,” said Aquarium Director Liz Baird. “This is a great way to support literacy and share diversity in books. You don’t need a ticket to the Aquarium to access this little library and we’re hoping that both residents and visitors to this incredible place will find a book they adore,” Baird said. 

Visitors to the Aquarium can access the Little Free Library by heading toward the Aquarium exit at the front exterior of the building. The library is situated on the right under the main awning, near the onsite Dairy Queen, which is now open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. The area can be accessed by wheelchair.  

If you’re not able to visit the Little Free Library for the unveiling, the Aquarium is hosting its annual Forest Fairies to Sea Serpents event Saturday, March 5. The event combines imagination and environmental education for a day of fun and learning and is a perfect time to get your first book. 

The Aquarium joins many other individuals, teachers, students, and organizations across the county in promoting literacy and inclusivity in books. For a map of local Little Free Libraries and more information about the program visit www.littlefreelibrary.org. For more information about Read Across America visit www.nea.org. For more information about special events at the Aquarium visit www.bit.ly/NCAPKS-SpecialEvents 

Posted by Shannon Kemp at 11:01