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Lighthouse and a library

By Steven Spencer

Steven Spencer/Jersey County Journal
A new Little Free Library was made by Chris Maness on North Giddings Avenue. The little library is modeled after the St. Augustine Lighthouse and is packed with books and information on events and activities at the Jerseyville Public Library.

Jerseyville has a new Little Free Library on North Giddings Avenue.

This beacon for readers was made by Chris Maness, a retired Jerseyville Public Library employee who said she just wanted to have one nearby for the neighborhood.

Being located near schools and having so many neighbors pass by out on a stroll or taking the dog for a walk, Maness said it seemed like a great location.

“My hobby has always been a little bit of woodworking and I just retired from the library after 40 years, so I just wanted one for the neighborhood kids,” said Maness.

No attention to detail was spared on the Little Free Library. Modeled after the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the little library is packed with books as well as information on events and activities at the Jerseyville Public Library.

The light on top of the lighthouse even lights up and spins at night signaling readers to come pick up a book, a detail that Maness said is one of her favorites.

With summer here Maness noted how important it is for children to keep reading, even just picking up a book to look at the pictures.

“I just wanted to keep it going for the kids who can’t get to the library every day,” she said. “It’s open to anyone that wants to stop by.”

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