Rotary Free Library marks club’s 20th anniversary Residents can borrow, keep and donate books to the small libraries which will be placed in parks and areas of high pedestrian traffic.

The first Rotary Club EMC Free Library was unveiled at Bull Sallas Park in New Caney, Texas. From left to right are Porter High School teacher Robert Barham, Rob Burgess, Jose Diosado, NCISD Superintendent Kenn Franklin, Rotary Club President Melecio Franco, Scott Castleberry, Barbara Knox and Montgomery County (precinct 4) Commissioner Jim Clark.
The first Rotary Club EMC Free Library was unveiled at Bull Sallas Park in New Caney. From left to right are Porter High School teacher Robert Barham, Rob Burgess, Jose Diosado, NCISD Superintendent Kenn Franklin, Rotary Club President Melecio Franco, Scott Castleberry, Barbara Knox and Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Clark.

Members of the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County (Texas, US — District 5910) celebrated the installation of the first Rotary Free Library at Bull Sallas Park in New Caney on May 18.

The library was unveiled in a public ceremony to introduce the Little Free Library concept to the community.

Residents can borrow, keep and donate books to the small libraries which will be placed in parks and areas of high pedestrian traffic.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark approved the first location at the playground at Bull Sallas Park and approved locations for three other parks in the county.

The Rotary Free Library was the idea of Club President Melecio Franco, who wanted to create a 20th Anniversary Service Project for the club, which celebrates 20 years of service in 2017, and install 20 small libraries throughout the area.

The libraries were built by Porter High School students under the supervision of Principals of Engineering Teacher Robert Barham who also attended the unveiling ceremony.

“This project is a great way to commemorate our 20th anniversary as a club and look forward to the next 20 years as we work to improve literacy through these libraries,” Franco said. 

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