Little Free Library
Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front-yard book exchanges number more than 100,000 around the world in over 100 countries – from Italy to Brazil to Japan. Now, a new Little Free Library located in the circle drive at Educational Service Unit #13, 4215 Avenue I, Scottsbluff, will join the movement to share books, bring people together, and create communities of readers.
Educational Service Unit #13’s Special Education Department opened the Little Free Library in September as a service learning project to promote reading and literature for children in the community. Community members can pick up a book, as well as leave a book if they choose.
“Our department completes a service project each year to support youth, parents and teachers in our community. This last year, our team completed two key projects. We helped provide resources for school hygiene projects and completed our Little Free Library. All members of the Special Education Department had a part in the completion of this project. Our Sped planning team planned for the attainment of the library and worked to identify a location. The entire staff has a handprint on the decorations of the library. Each member painted a piece of the garden scene. Now, our team is collecting books for the library and our Meridian school students will stock and maintain the library. We hope that this will provide literature access to all students in our community,” said Dr. Pam Brezenski, ESU 13 Special Education Director.
Little Free Library (LFL) is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, buildings community, and improves book access by fostering neighborhood book-exchange boxes around the world. LFL received the 2020 World Literacy Award and has been recognized by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation and others for its dedication to expanding book access for all. To learn more, visit LittleFreeLibrary.org.