News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC)

Hughesville, MD- Southern Maryland Meats (SMM), a program of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), is set to build and install 100 Little Free Libraries throughout the Southern Maryland region of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties within the next six months.

Little Free Library (LFL) is a worldwide non-profit organization that increases access to books through the creation of book-sharing boxes. These libraries are housed in parks, playgrounds, neighborhood common areas, on school grounds, at government buildings, at farmer’s markets, and other regional public/private venues in order to boost community involvement with the intention of inspiring readers. To date, there are more than 90,000 libraries globally.

The Southern Maryland Meat’s Little Free Libraries will be stamped with the SMM logo and constructed in the shape of little red barns. They are designed in a way that encourages awareness of the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives, as well as to promote the Southern Maryland Meats livestock producers, and to provide free reading materials to the community.

By working with neighborhood associations, parks and recreation groups, government agencies, and schools, SMM hopes to place up to 100 LFL in places where people gather as a community. “These Little Free Libraries don’t just belong to SMM, they belong to you and your community,” says Craig Sewell, SMM Marketing and Livestock Manager. “It’s our hope that the Little Free Libraries will bring a little more connection to your local food producers and a whole lot more books to our community.”

Southern Maryland Meats is looking for groups to maintain libraries throughout the Southern Maryland region such as scout troops, 4H Clubs, HOAs, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, and schools.

Organizations and individuals interested in the possibility of becoming a Little Free Library steward or host are encouraged to contact SMM Program Manager Craig Sewell (240)528-8850 ext. 314, or email: or contact Rachel Norris (240)528-8850 ext. 306, or email:

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