Laurel Pizza Hut opens Little Free Library

By: 
GARRETT HARR
Outlook staff writer
Pictured from the left, Peggy Leggett, Amy Sullivan and Denise Paffrath fill the Little Free Library book box, located next to the Pizza Hut restaurant in Laurel.

Pizza Hut area General Manager Amy Sullivan couldn’t hold back her excitement to finally be able to give the community members of Laurel a Little Free Library.
“We are so excited to finally be able to open our own here in Laurel,” she said.
Last Friday the Pizza Hut in Laurel constructed what looks like a miniature replica of the pizzeria next to their restaurant. Outside and to the left of the entrance is the new home to the Little Free Library, a book box that is part of the nationwide Little Free Library program.
The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that expands nationwide to over 50,000 locations in 50 states and 70 countries to exchange millions of books annually.
Pizza Hut has been involved in reading and providing books for children in the past with their Book It program. Book It has been going strong for over 30 years, reaching over 14 million students. Started in 1984, Book It, rewards students with free pizza parties for reading.
The new program just adds to the organizations already stellar commitment to reading programs.
Sullivan, the new Laurel General Manager Denise Paffrath and employee Peggy Leggett are all going to make sure the library has a vast variety of books for people to borrow.
Last Christmas the restaurant had over 100 books donated to them by customers to use in the new library.
Every few days, Amy, Denise or Peggy exchange the books in the box outside. Anyone in the community is free to go up to the box, day or night, 24 hours, seven days a week to either donate a book to the box or grab a new read. Children and adults are welcome to borrow a book and keep it for good or return it when they are ready for another.
Sullivan and Paffrath weren’t quite done with their mission after filling the little library with books. They then visited West Elementary to provide the students more opportunities to start reading.
Students in Anna Meadows’ first-grade class was in for quite the surprise when the two women from Pizza Hut showed up to their classroom. They brought books and pizza coupons which caused the kids to erupt in cheers.
The women explained the Little Free Library program to the first graders, then gave each child a book they can keep or trade in at the library for another. Students also received a free book mark, and of course, a coupon to Pizza Hut for a free personal pan pizza.
Sullivan encourages everyone to use the new resource and trade or borrow their next favorite book. Sullivan loves to read fiction, but she hopes that through the new program everyone will be able to discover their next adventure.

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