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Linker’s Heart Supports Community Through Literacy

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In today’s society, the phrase “bringing the community together” has many definitions. Of those defining the term, it rarely involves books. That is, until now.

Cindy Linker, Hackett High School media specialist, recognized a movement and knew exactly what needed to be done. The idea stemmed far away from Hackett, Arkansas. Seven hundred and fifty five miles in Hudson, Wisconsin to be exact.

After seeing an article on Little Free Libraries, Linker felt personally connected with what Todd Bol was doing and knew she had to get involved, and to give her community something to unite families and literacy together.

Bol started this project as a tribute to his mother who loved to read. Now, with over 90,000 locations in 90 countries, Little Free Libraries will have it’s place not only in Hackett, Arkansas, but also on their locator map.

The plan sprung into action with a donated metal box that was destined for this project. It’s size, and design was almost a perfect fit for Linker’s needs. Fresh paint, a location, and books was all that was needed.

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Hackett art club students used their flex time to paint the free library box.

Linker incorporated the talent of Mrs. Angie Wilson and the Hackett art club to paint the box with the colors of Hackett pride, black and yellow.

“To me literacy has always been important. My goal was to connect the community through book sharing and promote literacy through families who would make a point to read together.”

– Cindy Linker

The premise of the free library is to pick out a book, and leave a book. Readers are encouraged to donate books which can be dropped off with Linker at the Hackett High School.

Linker’s plan was fulfilled Tuesday, October 8 with the placement of the free library outside Hackett City Hall. The location couldn’t be more symbolic of her giving nature, appropriately placed at the heart of the city, where the love of reading can be shared by all.

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