Vista del Sol Elementary and SPC Rafael Hernando Middle will have ceremonies to open their Little Free Libraries, making them the eighth and ninth schools, respectfully, that offer these outdoor libraries in the Socorro Independent School District.
The small dollhouse-like structure, which will be located at the front of the school, will feature books donated to the library by teachers, staff, students and the community.
The idea is if a student borrows a book, they need to put another in its place, so the little library will never be empty.
Vista del Sol’s event will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 17. All students and faculty from the campus will be at the ceremony, which will take place on the campus’s front lawn.
In addition, Ace the Eagle, the Owl from the El Paso Public Library and Chico, the Chihuahuas popular mascot, will be there for the festivities.
At Hernando, the ceremony will be at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, October 19. It will feature the top readers from Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, members of the art class who painted the library and a guest speaker.
The first Little Free Libraries were built in 2009 in Hudson, Wi. Two friends decided it would be a great way to promote literacy and get books into the hands of children.
Campestre Elementary was the first Team SISD school to create a Little Free Library in 2016.