The Carthage Family Literacy Council dedicated it's sixth Little Free Library on Monday, a month after dedicating it's fifth library and just a couple of months before dedicating its seventh location.

The Carthage Family Literacy Council dedicated it's sixth Little Free Library on Monday, a month after dedicating it's fifth library and just a couple of months before dedicating its seventh location.
This Little Free Library was built at Mark Twain Elementary School with the help of Clayton Thompson, a Boy Scout member of Carthage's Troop 9, as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Thompson coordinated a group of his fellow scouts on Saturday, May 5, to assemble and install the Library near the school's front gate.
“Scouts working on the project were Clayton Thompson, Zane Honaker, Preston Rustad, Chase Thompson, Carter Thompson, Ben Rogers, Aydn Wilson, Michael Kingsbury and Quinn Lasley.” Clayton Thompson said in a written report to The Carthage Press. “Also assisting were Mike and Cathy Thompson, Chris Honaker, Zia Honaker and Mike Kingsbury. Troop 9 is under the leadership of Scout Master Austin Webber. Clayton is the son of Jay and Erin Thompson, Carthage.
“The project was completed with direction from Larry Hartman of the Literacy Council and his grandson Zachary English. The library was the sixth in Carthage and a seventh will be installed at Fairview Elementary School.”
Mark Twain Principal Laurel Rosenthal said the library is being used and has been used heavily since students first saw it when they came to school on Monday, May 7.
“Kindergarten, first and second grade play on the front playground, so they use it all the time.” Rosenthal said at the ribbon cutting on Monday, May 14. “Then after school, our parents come up and get on the playground to pick up their children, so parents and students use it.”
Carthage Family Literacy Council Director Mary Kirby said a $2,500 grant from the Carthage Community Foundation is paying for the Little Free Libraries at the Early Childhood Center, Mark Twain School and Fairview School. The Library at Fairview School will be dedicated when school starts in August.
“We have them in special places just for boys and girls like you so you can get a book and read a book,” Kirby said.