Bryan Loar, Co-Founder
bryan [at] cbuslibraries.com
Andrea Dixon, Co-Founder
dixon [at] cbuslibraries.com
Cbus Libraries Celebrates Local Luminaries
Two little free libraries in Whitehall honor Jerrie Mock and John T. Ward
COLUMBUS, Ohio, November 15, 2016—Cbus Libraries, a grassroots initiative to promote libraries, has created two community book exchanges that celebrate the Whitehall community and the joy of reading.
Former Whitehall resident, Jerrie Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world and deserves greater recognition. Biographer Nancy Roe Pimm noted Ms. Mock is an “inspiration” and a testament that “even ordinary people can do extraordinary things.” Whitehall, the location of Central Ohio’s first airport, Norton Field, makes an excellent site to honor Ms. Mock.
Underground Railroad conductor, John T. Ward lived in the once rural area of Whitehall. A member of the Anti-Slavery Baptist Church and a pastor for forty years of Columbus’ oldest black Baptist Church, Second Baptist, Mr. Ward saved many lives while facing grave danger. Mr. Ward co-founded Columbus’ E.E. Ward Moving and Storage, the oldest minority-owned business in the United States.
Little free libraries are community-driven book exchanges and part of Little Free Library.org®’s worldwide network of more than 40,000 stewards. Cbus Libraries’ Mock and Ward libraries can be found at the entrances of Lamby Lane Park and Country Club Village neighborhood.
The Mock and Ward little free libraries came to fruition through a United Way of Central Ohio Neighborhood Partnership Grant and collaboration with Rebuilding Together of Central Ohio, Half Price Books, the City of Whitehall and generous private book donors.
About Cbus Libraries
Cbus Libraries’ mission is to bring to light the amazing libraries and professionals who enrich Central Ohio and beyond. Co-founded by two librarians, Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, Cbus Libraries reaches more than 3,500 online followers worldwide and features a Central Ohio library every month. The libraries honoring Jerrie Mock and John T. Ward are part of its “Libraries Everywhere” program. Learn more at www.cbuslibraries.com.