Free Library opens in Pamplin, Harvest Sale plans underway
“My name is Jazmine [Klinedidinst] and I am in 4th grade and I think we should put a little library at Pamplin City Depot. I first saw it because my mom’s friend has one in her community in Florida. They are all over the world. The kids don’t get to read a lot of books since the library closed. I hope you agree with me.”
Jazmine, with the help of the Pamplin Area Legacy Supporters (PALS), made an appeal to the Pamplin Town Council for approval of sponsoring a free library in the town.
Just hours later in Washington, D.C., Todd Bol, executive director of the Little Free Library organization, via the Internet, read an article in the Lynchburg News & Advance about the young girl’s wish to have a free library. In an email to Shelby King, office and executive manager, he said he “would love to donate a Little Free Library to Pamplin City – to be cared for by the 9 year old girl.” On his way back to the main office in Wisconsin, he dropped off the multi-colored book exchange box in Pamplin.
Last Monday afternoon, members of PALS joined Mayor Billy Horton and Jazmine for the unveiling of the library. With a beaming smile, Jazmine said, “Thank you to all the people who helped make this happen.”
Pamplin Town Clerk Paulie Johnson reminded those in attendance, “ When children talk to us their visions come out. She saw her vision come true.”
Jazmine, an avid reader, is donating almost 50 books from her own collection to help start the Little Free Library. Assistant Mayor Bob Mitchell added to the collection and encourages others to do the same.
The Little Free Library is located in the gravel square beside the entrance to the Depot Community Room.
There are plans to add two more free libraries to the community. PALS wants to sponsor a train-shaped library while Appomattox Christian Academy is making plans to build a library as a shop class project.
Jazmine is the daughter of Sherry and Keith Klinedinst, of Appomattox, and granddaughter of Minerva Venable of Pamplin.
According to the organization’s website there are 32,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world. Stop by and take a book to read. Return it and/or donate a book or books in its place. There is a constant exchange of free books at all of the bookshelves.
Prospect United Methodist Church is hosting its monthly Cowboy Church this Saturday. The trail ride begins at 2 p.m. with the chuck wagon meal at 6 p.m. Cowboy Church around the campfire with music and an inspirational message by Pastor George Schaefer will begin at 7 p.m. You do not need to have a horse to enjoy the chuck wagon and Cowboy Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Pamplin Town Council will meet this Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Town Office.
The Prospect Volunteer Fire Department’s 55th Annual Harvest Sale will be held Saturday, October 3. The bake sale is 7 a.m. until with the yard sale running from 7 a.m. until noon. The auction will begin at 1 p.m. Food will be served all day, with the BBQ supper beginning at 4 p.m. Please call 547-8830 or 574-6625 for more information or to have donated items picked up. Consignments are accepted.
Frances Anderson accompanied her daughter Paula and her husband Bob Card to Spring Hope, N.C., on September 12 to attend the second birthday celebration for her great-grandson Robert Thomas Card, IV.
Julian and Edwina Covington spent Saturday afternoon enjoying the local musicians at Celebrate Pamplin.
Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers: Carolyn Wood, Bob Card, Martha Whitehead, Kenneth Brisentine, Dorothy Womack, Betty Jean Bolt, Gary Fiscus, and Vicki White.
“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.” – Margaret Thatcher
If you have any news, call Edwina Covington (574-6576).
EDWINA COVINGTON is a retired teacher and columnist from Elam. Her email is email@example.com.