--Sue Pilkilton, Executive Director, Ivy Green
Ivy Green is where deaf and blind Helen Keller was
born and learned to communicate, with the aid of her teacher and constant companion, Anne Sullivan. Ivy Green is in Tuscumbia, a small town in northern Alabama and gives the town prominence by being designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Recently the town of Tuscumbia, Alabama, made the newspaper with a human interest story concerning reading and libraries (The TimesDaily, Florence, AL [AP], January 18, 2015). Mark McDonald, a local resident, heard a story on TV about “a community that had small structures, about the size of birdhouses, at various locations. They had books in them, and the public was allowed to add to or take from them at will.”
He checks them once a week to make sure everything is okay. The libraries have been out almost a year and there has been no incident of vandalism of any kind.
Ms. Pilkilton says she often sees folks using the little library placed outside Ivy Green. She said these library stations provide Tuscumbia with terrific public relations to visitors. McDonald said, “It’s rewarding to watch people utilize the libraries. It has become a community project.”
It’s refreshing to read some positive news for a change and to know that there are still some good guys out there. McDonald said, “You’ve got to give back a little bit.” Giving his town little libraries is his way of doing that.