Ashley’s Little Free Library in Perry honors Westfield graduate

awoolen@macon.comJune 5, 2013 

PERRY -- A wooden box with a clear door stands near wrought-iron patio tables and chairs in downtown Perry.

The box, dubbed Ashley’s Little Free Library, will hold a variety of books for the community to read.

It is part of Little Free Library’s international program, but to Jack and Ruth Moore, it is a tribute to their daughter’s memory.

Ashley Moore was a graduate of The Westfield School in Perry. She went on to the University of Georgia for her bachelor’s degree and then the University of Alabama for her master’s in library science.

At the time of her death in September 2012, she was the director of the Dougherty County Public Library System in Albany. She was 37 when she died after a brief illness.

“Ashley was a lover of books,” said her sister-in-law Anne Moore, who went to Westfield with Ashley and knew her for nearly 20 years.

Ashley’s Little Free Library was the brainchild of Randall and Terre Walker, who are close friends of Jack and Ruth Moore.

They asked Nyisha Ferguson, branch manager for the Perry Public Library, for suggestions on a memorial for Ashley.

The idea of the Little Free Library worked perfectly for what the Walkers wanted to do.

Ashley’s Little Free Library is number 4,962 for the program, which started as a way to promote literacy around the world, Randall Walker said.

With The Coffee Cup across Carroll Street, the hope is that while people are sitting on the patio, they will take a book to read from the free library.

The space is owned by Marty Myers, and his business, The Coffee Cup, will be the drop-off point for books.

“Take a book and bring a book,” Terre Walker said.

The library will hold about 25 books, ranging from children’s to adult.

Ashley worked in libraries throughout Georgia, and because of this passion for books, the library is a fitting tribute.

“This is the perfect symbol of her life,” said Anne Moore.

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