Book Nooks coming to the Pig

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By VICKI BROWN

“Mr. Pig Book Nooks” are already in three Piggly Wiggly stores, and another one is coming on Monday Nov. 22nd at 2:00 p.m. to the Walterboro Piggly Wiggly.

“Mr. Pig Book Nooks” is a small library where children can take a book, read it, bring it back and get another. Not only will the books be there, but of course, Mr. Pig will be there.

Joanne (JoJo) Hines, who is spearheading the project, is the Arts & Culture Community Service Program (CSP) chairperson and a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of South Carolina - Women’s League of the Low Country. It is an International Organization that is over 100 years old and regional club is about eight years young.

The club participates in a lot of community service activities, fundraising and charity work.

“We were tasked about a year and a half ago with setting up some type of library for children to have available books to read. Then you know what happened? Covid hit the country, but that did not stop my group. We found a willing partner in Mr. Louis Sherman who said sure .... use my Piggly Wiggly Grocery Stores.  We came up with the title “Mr. Pig’s Book Nook” and the “Remove-Read-Return” motto and the rest is history,” said Hines. “We collect donated children’s books from our community in Sun City. We received a grant from the GFWC Progress Foundation and a monetary donation from the Sun City Book Club that enabled us to purchase new books from scholastic.”

To date, the club has opened three Mr. Pig’s Book Nooks in Ridgeland, Port Royal and Hardeeville. All these stores are owned by Sherman.

“We are bringing Mr. Pig’s Book Nooks here to Walterboro as a promise to Mr. Sherman that we would finish what we started and open a library here in his fourth store,” she said.

According to Hines, children did not have access to the school library or a public library for over the past year and a half, so the club provided this service for the children of Jasper and Beaufort counties with the book nooks.  Now they will be in Colleton County.

“We are partnered with Joanne Hines, a representative with GWFC Arts & Culture CSP. We have implemented “Mr. Pigs Book Nooks” in three of my locations (Hardeeville - Ridgeland - Port Royal),” said Sherman, owner in a written statement. “When Joanne approached me last year about the Book Nook idea, I thought the stores would be a great avenue for the children to take advantage of the educational value in being able to get books, read them, then return and pick out others.  We believe in community involvement and giving back.  With Mr. Pigs Book Nook we cover both of those objectives.”

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