Pelion, SC (WLTX) -- Visitors at Pelion Park will now be able to enjoy a new form of entertainment when strolling through the paths and walkways.
Shortly after Christmas, a Little Free Library of Pelion was installed, promoting reading and sharing within the community.
"The goals of the project were to promote literacy, the love of reading, but then also one of the aspects for our students, what we wanted to instill in them was a sense of community and giving back to the community," said Pelion High Principal Clark Cooper. "That was a driving force."
The concept is to allow those interested to take a free book and return it or replace it with one of their favorites. The first books were picked by the Pelion High Breakfast Book Club, who teamed up with the school's building construction students to make the Little Free Library possible.
The students say as rewarding as it's been for the community, it's been equally influential on them.
"It makes you feel like I actually did something for the community towards the enjoyment of kids," said senior Timothy Kneece.
"Everybody has their own life, but it's important to find time in between to do what you can for the town around you and the town you grew up in," added fellow senior Cole Martin.
The project was funded by a $350 Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative Bright Ideas Grant. Organizers say they chose the idea to use books because they're something that can knock down any barrier, no matter how different two people are.
"We have a little kid that she just got the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and I've read that book before," said sophomore Caitla Hall. "Now if she reads it and enjoys it, we have a connection."
The Little Free Library was installed near the walking trail across from the police station, and school officials encourage those who are at Pelion Park to participate by taking and/or leaving a book.