Thanks to a generous donation, students at Ernesto Serna School celebrated the opening of their Little Free Library at a special ceremony this month.
“This has been a wonderful experience and we are glad to have partnered with SISD to accomplish the mission of our grant,” said Steven Lane, regional coordinator of the foundation. “The little free libraries have been the greatest part of it all because it puts books in the community.”
The Little Free Library makes books more accessible for children and community members. It was donated by Drs. Steven and Georgia Lane, of the Three Rivers Education Foundation in Farmington, N.M., through a federal grant.
“Sometimes families don’t have the finances to go to Barnes and Noble, but this little library will provide them access to high quality literacy all the time,” he said. “Children can borrow a book, and put another in its place, so the little library will never be empty.”
Serna students were excited to read the new books and were ready to make their first book donation.
“I’m happy to have this because we can read at home instead of being on the phone,” Brianna Diaz, a second-grade student. “I was able to donate a book about animals, and I got another book so I could read it to my baby cousin.”
Students, staff and the community are encouraged to continue donating books for the library. The library is located outside of the school near the campus portables and is available for any students in the community.
The foundation also donated Little Free Libraries to Robert R. Rojas Elementary School and Salvador H. Sanchez Middle School.