Little Free Library Placed at Historic Site

WHEELING — Grow Warwood Pride unveiled a “little free library” at the Community Bank in Warwood on May 11.

“The site is significant,” said Grow Warwood Pride president Julie Davis. “We chose it to pay tribute to the historical site of the Ohio County Library Warwood branch.” Started in 1942, the Warwood branch of the Ohio County Public Library was a cooperative venture of the Woman’s Club of Warwood and lasted for more than 60 years before closing in 2003.

Grow Warwood Pride partnered with Ogden Newspapers Inc. and the Warwood Middle School Art Club to create the free library. Ogden Newspapers donated newspaper vending stations that have been out of circulation for various reasons. Members of the Warwood Middle School Art Club donated their talent by decorating the exterior to give Warwood kids a fun place to get books to read.

“Little free libraries are a concept that has been popping up all over the world. The idea is that you can take a book and leave a book for someone else to read,” said Matthew Rafa of Grow Warwood Pride.

Art Club adviser and teacher Russ Schultz was particularly interested to get his students involved in a project that shows off their creativity and promotes reading in the community.

Grow Warwood Pride is collecting used children’s books to stock the little free library. Donations can be placed directly in the box outside the bank. Books also can be dropped off at Kroger Pharmacy in Warwood.

Rafa said the group is looking for partners to place more boxes around the Ohio Valley. For information, call Grow Warwood Pride at 304-460-5519 or email


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