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Brooke Rodgers, 7, of Yellow Springs, paints a kindness rock at YS Library, under the guidance of Elizabeth Russell, the library’s new part-time youth services librarian. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

Brooke Rodgers, 7, of Yellow Springs, paints a kindness rock at YS Library, under the guidance of Elizabeth Russell, the library’s new part-time youth services librarian. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

Loves me like a rock …

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Brooke Rodgers, 7, of Yellow Springs, paints a kindness rock at YS Library, under the guidance of Elizabeth Russell, the library’s new part-time youth services librarian. The Kindness Rocks Project, which swept the country this spring after its start by a life coach in Massachusetts, has hit Yellow Springs as well. The simple concept encourages people of all ages to paint small rocks with inspirational or uplifting messages and give them away or leave them in public places for others to find. Local residents have reported seeing such rocks along paths in Glen Helen. Brooke, who was visiting the library with her grandmother, Marie Reedy, of Fairborn, said she had a special place in mind for her rock. “I’m going to put it in my grandma’s rock place around her house,” she said. Librarian Russell, who began working at the local library at the beginning of May, said she is happy to be in Yellow Springs. A native of Champaign County, she completed her master of library science degree in 2015. Her primary responsibility at the library will be “all things teens,” she said, though she will be serving all patrons.

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Loves me like a rock …

by Carol Simmons