Park in need of children’s books


The Reading Patch at Strawberry Patch Park in Madison is in need of books.

In the three years since the little library was built and installed by the Mayor’s Youth Council, the supply of children’s books has dwindled. The books are in the park for children to borrow, but sometimes the reading materials may not be returned. 

Rules for using the little library are: Take a book. Return a book. Take care of the books.

Since spring and summer are the busiest times for children to borrow from the library box in the park,  Brittany Mayfield, the city’s manager of special events and sponsor of the Youth Council, said additional books are needed to replenish the two shelves and back-up supply.

“This was a project that our 2017-2018 Mayor’s Youth Council felt they could leave a mark on our community. Children have been enjoying it for three years now, and we would love our community’s  continued support by donating books so we can continue to offer this fun and educational experience for children every time they come to Strawberry Patch Park,” she said.

The library is designed for children ages 1-10. “We are looking for age-appropriate books, gently used interactive and educational,” Mayfield said.

Donations can be dropped off with Mayfield in the administrative office of Madison Square Center for the Arts between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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