PTSA member and preschooler Edward Raven's mom
We are starting a Little Free Library (LFL) to be located next to the nurse's office on the first floor. The LFL will consist of a small book shelf and sign. Students and families will be invited to take and leave books as they please. No check out. No due dates. You don't even have to bring the book back that you borrowed. The goal is to get as many books circulating among students as possible. There are a couple ways you can support this effort.
1. Donate a bookshelf. We are looking for a donated bookshelf in good condition (needn't be fancy) that will fit in the space provided. I believe that anything around 3.5 feet tall and maybe about 3 feet wide would work. If you have a bookshelf to donate (or have a neighbor or friend who has one), let me know! It all begins with a shelf.
2. Volunteer to be a steward. Let's share responsibility in making sure the books remain orderly. This means stopping by periodically to organize the shelves and make sure they're free of trash. I plan to breeze by routinely when I pick up my son, but I would love some help. Anyone who passes by is invited to help clean up the library - no need to be a formal steward. But if one or two folks could volunteer to more intentionally help organize the shelf periodically, that would be fantastic. AP Jennings will also keep an eye out as it is near her office. Together we can keep it looking nice at all times.
3. Bring in your books. Do you have books your child has outgrown or is no longer interested in? Does your neighbor or friend have old books their child has outgrown? Once we have the shelf set up (I will email this list), we invite you to bring your books in to share. And, while you're there, pick up a new book to take home. The school will also be donating some of their old books to put on the shelf.
4. Help us spread the word. Once the book shelf is up, we want to make sure the word gets out. If any of the committees are sending home written materials to parents, I would love to include a blurb about the LFL. Also, if you are hosting an event and there is some way to advertise the LFL (a quick announcement or some fliers at a table), I would appreciate it. If you have opportunities I would appreciate you letting me know! The more we can get the word out, the more families will partake in the exchange.
Answers to questions you may have...
Wasn't there talk of a LFL in the garden? I spoke with Meg who indicated that the garden committee is looking into building a LFL in the garden. We agreed that both could exist harmoniously should one be put in the garden. We believe that they both serve students but that the garden LFL has the potential to also reach the greater community.
Let me know if you are interested in helping on any of the numbered items above. Thanks in advance, and happy reading, everyone!