For Immediate Release:
September 24, 2021
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Rich Square, N.C. – The family of the late Rev. Dr. Paul A. and Viola T. Bishop will join writer Shelia P. Moses and PETA representatives as they cut the ribbon on a new Little Free Library, dedicated to the Bishops and donated by PETA for Moses’ Northampton County Little Free Library Project. The Bishop family has provided books for it, and PETA has also stocked it with books from its free Barks & Books program, which gives away children’s books with messages of kindness and compassion for animals.
When: Saturday, September 25, 2 p.m.
Where: Rich Square-Creecy Elementary School, 210 Roberts Rd., Rich Square
“When children read about animals, they develop both their reading skills and their empathy for others of all kinds,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “It’s PETA’s honor to support the Northampton County Little Free Library Project and the young readers in the area.”
The Northampton County Little Free Library Project was designed to help put books into the hands of every family in the county, with the hope of benefiting children and adults for generations to come. PETA previously donated a Little Free Library outside Cuz Mini-Mart (formerly Majette’s Grocery) in Garysburg. Its other work in Northampton County includes more than 15 years of helping families care for dogs by delivering sturdy wooden doghouses, insulating straw bedding, and nutritious food; providing preventive care such as deworming, flea, and flystrike treatment; and transporting animals to and from spay/neuter surgeries—all free of charge.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will be broadcast on Moses’ Facebook Live page, will honor the Bishops for their work as community leaders, particularly through education. Among numerous other accomplishments, Dr. Bishop organized the first Black public library with a bookmobile to serve the Northampton County area. In 1959, the county renamed its Negro Branch Library the PA Bishop, Sr. Library. Although that library has since closed, the Northampton Memorial Library recently renamed its programming room in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Bishop, who taught mathematics at Rich Square Institute and served as its first school librarian after it was renamed the W.S. Creecy School.