May 062019

Members of the Spring Valley Rotary Club installed a “Little Free Lending Library” on Thursday, May 2 at Mr. Suds Carwash located at 9301 Two Notch Rd in Northeast Columbia. Rotarian Bruce Bakaj constructed the library after Rotary District 7770 Governor David Tirard challenged every club in the District to install a library this year in their community in support of Rotary’s commitment to literacy.

The Little Lending Library built by Bakaj was installed on fellow club member, Tom DeKnight’s commercial property, Mr. Suds Carwash. After the library’s installation, club members stocked it with its first books. “The club will maintain and oversee this project with the support of community members who take advantage of using the lending library. The lending library will have children’s books as well as books for adults and will be continuously stocked by Spring Valley Rotary Club members but we encourage the community to support it as well,” said Rotary president Stevie Johnson.

One of Rotary International’s six areas of focus is education and literacy. Worldwide, more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate, representing 17 percent of the world’s adult population. One of Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, individuals exchange millions of books each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Little Free Libraries have continued to grow and in 2019 surpassed 80,000 registered Libraries in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit:

Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 100 members dedicated to service above self.  Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. Visit or contact Sharleen Craig at 803-917-0053 or by email: for more information.  The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road. 

Spring Valley Rotarians Phil Midden, Tom DeKnight and Bruce Bakaj are pictured here at the completion of the installation of a Little Free Lending Library at the Mr. Suds Carwash at 9301 Two Notch Road.

Spring Valley Rotarian Bruce Bakaj constructed the lending library and oversees its installation.

Close up of the new lending library and books.

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