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Southgate, Realtors Team Up to Place Bench, Little Free Library at City Building

The Northern Kentucky Association of REALTORS® and the City of Southgate have collaborated on a community improvement project by installing a park bench and Little Free Library on a grassy area along Electric Avenue in between the City Building and the Southgate Volunteer Fire Department Firehouse.

The bench and Little Free Library were dedicated Oct. 11 by Southgate city officials - including Mayor Jim Hamberg, Councilman Chris Robisch, and City Clerk Brandi Barton, and directors of the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors, including its CEO and Political Advocacy Coordinator.

The Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors provided funding for the project through a grant from The National Association of Realtors. Southgate contributed by preparing the site and installing the bench and library.

"Southgate has always been a very walkable community, and this project will just enhance that even more," Mayor Hamberg said. "I believe we are one of the few cities in Northern Kentucky that didn't have a park bench outside its city building, so we are very appreciative of this commitment to our community by the Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors.

"And the Little Free Library will be great for kids walking to and from school and for our residents to pick up and drop off books." 

There are nearly 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually.

"We are honored to participate in this tremendous project along with the National Association of Realtors and The City of Southgate," said Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors president Jim Simpson. "The bench and library will enhance literacy, walk-ability and place-making, which improves communities by transforming public spaces into vibrant community places."

-Staff report