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Acts of Kindness: Stories of the community helping during the pandemic

TBLMDJ“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” This quote by Pulitzer prize winning author Annie Dillard from her novel entitled, "The Living," speaks to the passion of Smyrna resident Susan Ciavolino. Driven by a lifelong love of reading and a desire to share books with the community, Susan and her husband, Marco, have established The Bee Library: A Little Free Library at 2800 Sanford Road SE in Smyrna.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to putting books in the hands of children and adults in communities around the world. These book-sharing boxes play an essential role in encouraging a love of reading by providing free access to books. They operate under the "Take One, Leave One," theory which encourages readers to not only take a book, but to leave one for others as well.

The Ciavolino's have joined in partnership with Cobb Collaborative supporting the Collaborative’s mission to install 21 Little Free Libraries across Cobb County in 2021.

A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for this Little Free Library was held on Aug. 12. Family, friends and neighbors of Ciavolinos gathered to celebrate this event. The Bee Library is LFL No. 10 to be dedicated by Cobb Collaborative this year with more planned for installation and dedication throughout the remainder of the year.

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For more information about the Little Free Library program, contact Cobb Collaborative executive director Irene Barton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Bee Library in Smyrna, Georgia
A Little Free Library
2800 Sanford Rd SE, Smyrna, GA 30080 USA
Little Free Library Registration #127873
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