The Mary Elizabeth Building Gets a Little Free Library

The Mary Elizabeth Hospital, located at 1100 Wake Forest Rd, is known for bringing many firsts to the Raleigh area, including the addition of Raleigh’s first modern obstetrical unit. Many local resident’s fondly remember the baby reunion parties held on the front lawn of the hospital each year in celebration of all the children born here.

Last week, it was a joy to see children on its front lawn once again, when a local girl scout troop, Troop 52,  installed a Little Free Library on the buildings front lawn.  The local troop, along with local cabinet maker Becky Shankle, built, painted and installed the Little Free Library near the corner of Glascock and Wake Forest Rd. The troop was looking for a project to give back to the community and inspire reading in their local neighborhood. The Library was installed on September 17th, and gives new readers, bibliophiles, and neighbors free access to books.   One of the reasons the girl scout troop wanted to be a part of this project is because they had seen one in installed elsewhere, but it lacked books for children.


We at Hedgehog Holdings were very excited to have this new addition to the building, and it brought great energy to see the children install the Library on the property.  With the Mary Elizabeth Building building being such an important fixture to the Mordecai neighborhood for such a long time, it was great to have something that will continue to contribute to the community for years to come.

We thank Girl Scout Troop 52 and Becky for their contribution!

What is a Little Free Library?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!

To find out more about the Little Free Library program, please visit their website.


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