Lujan-Chavez Elementary placed a Little Free Library outside of its doors to encourage reading, sharing and supplying the community with free books.
“We’ve wanted a Little Free Library for a long time, and we are very proud to finally have one available for our community of readers,” said Lisa Lopez, Lujan-Chavez Elementary librarian. “There are so many benefits to a Little Free Library, starting with kids being able to get books at any time of the day.”
Little Free Libraries are small cabinets that sometimes resemble dollhouses or birdhouses and are filled with books that students can borrow, read and return. They are placed in prominent areas of the school to provide students, parents and community members access to reading materials all year long, including intersessions and the summer break.
Fourth-grade WIN Academy students were first to celebrate the arrival of the Little Free Library at an after school inaugural ceremony.
Now that the Lujan-Chavez Stars have a Little Free Library at their school, student Rhianna Naurisio plans to visit it every morning.
“The more you read the better because it makes you intelligent,” she said. “Reading is also important because it helps you find out what you want to be when you grow up… I want to be a writer and write big long books.”
SISD opened its first Little Free Library in August 2016 at Campestre Elementary School. Since then, 23 schools across the district have followed with the initiative.
“Little Free Libraries are a visual reminder that SISD schools value literacy and community,” said Marcy Sparks, library services coordinator in SISD. “It’s a public symbol that we want the best for our students every single day, even during the summer and on weekends.”