Greeneville, TN. - Today, the staff of U.S. Representative Diana Harshbarger (TN-01) visited Bulls Gap School to deliver donated books from the Library of Congress and learn about the school's "Free Little Library" and "Reading Buddies" program on behalf of the Congresswoman.
"The U.S. Library of Congress Surplus Books Program is a blessing for schools throughout East Tennessee, including Bulls Gap School, who signed up to receive surplus books through my office's partnership. Bulls Gap School's 'Free Little Library' and 'Reading Buddies' initiatives are just two examples of unique and innovating programs offered by Bulls Gap that these books will help support. I recognize the dedicated effort from Bulls Gap's teachers and faculty to equip our next generation with the best educational resources available. I also appreciate School Librarian Kristy Riley's commitment to fill every single shelf with books to help return excitement back to reading through a vast option of age-appropriate reading materials," said Congresswoman Harshbarger.
About: Bulls Gap School's Reading Programs
The surplus book donation on behalf of Rep. Harshbarger's office will support filling the shelves of Bulls Gap's library, the school's very active "Reading Buddies" program, and the school's "Free Little Library".
Every Tuesday and Thursday, the Bulls Gap School's "Reading Buddies" meet prior to the beginning of the school day, where middle school "mentors" read with elementary school students to assist increasing their literacy and reading comprehension levels through 'outside the classroom' efforts.
Located in the main lobby of Bulls Gap School, the "Free Little Library" is a resource for both students and their parents who seek to promote a love for reading outside of school hours. Read more about Bull Gap's "Free Little Library" as originally featured in The Rogersville Review
Background: Library of Congress Surplus Books Program
The Office of Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger has delivered thousands of books throughout East Tennessee, fulfilling requests from libraries, schools, non-profits, and qualifying early childhood and senior centers.
Eligibility requirements include one of the following:
- Fulltime, tax supported or non-profit educational institution: school, school system, library, childcare or early learning center, college, university, or museum as a few examples.
- Agency of local, state, or federal government.
For more information or to sign up your organization, visit: https://harshbarger.house.gov/book-surplus