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The new little library at the South Boston Farmers Market takes the shape of a miniature barn / August 27, 2020
The South Boston Farmers Market is partnering with the local library system to provide free books to eager readers by adding a “little library” of its own.

A fitting addition to the downtown farmers market, the free pick-up/drop-off book box resembles a miniature red barn, topped with a tin roof and adorned with a barn quilt. The free little library was built Kimberly and Matt Rich, who are both Farmers Market board members and live in Virgilina.

A ribbon cutting will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the South Boston Farmers Market.

“We hope it will be a great day for community members to stop by to see the new little library, visit with vendors, and pick up free books,” said market manager Megan Harris.

The South Boston Farmers Market is also partnering with the library system on its fundraising drive to start a Halifax County Imagination Library (HCIL). Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book-gifting program that mails free, high quality age-appropriate books once a month to children from birth to age five. With a $5 donation to HCIL, customers at the South Boston Farmers Market will be invited to sign paper butterflies that will be displayed at the market that day.

The market sale on Saturday will be a full-fledged book event. A children’s book will be read every 30 minutes by a special guest during the market hours of 8 a.m.-noon. Anne Eakes, owner of The Busy Bean, Amanda Rose, owner of Wister’s, the library system’s own Miss Sue Brooks and others will take turns reading stories to children. Miss Sue will be reading and playing her guitar at 10 a.m. The story times will be streamed live on Facebook and will incorporate as many Dolly Parton books as possible. Kids and families are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy story time.

“Our goal is to fill the market with butterflies and collect as many donations as possible to help get free books in the hands of local children right here in our community,” said Harris.

At the market this week, farmers will be offering a variety of crops such as tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, cantaloupes, watermelons, and peppers.

“Peppers are really the hot item being harvested right now,” said Harris.

The South Boston Farmers Market is located at 300 Broad Street.

Remember to wear a facemask and follow social distance guidelines.

For more information on how to help with fundraising efforts for HCIL, check out and join the Facebook Group: Bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Halifax County, VA.

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