District starts new chapter in Little Free Library project, donations accepted through May 31

District starts new chapter in Little Free Library project; donations accepted through May 31
Posted on 05/16/2017
District starts new chapter in Little Free Library project; donations accepted through May 31

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Mae Smythe Elementary third grader Jewell Flores checks out a book at her school's Little Free Library.

 

 
Little Free Libraries

By Reesha Brown

PISD Communications

Pasadena ISD will begin restocking the shelves of its Little Free Libraries (LFL) at the end of the school year to kick start the district’s annual Slide into Summer Reading initiative, which encourages students to pick up a book during the break.

Little Free Libraries, small structures that hold books for people to take, allow community members to participate in an outdoor open book exchange without the traditional check-out process and presence of a librarian. Located at 32 campuses in the district, the books are available to the general public with the expectation that individuals who take a book, leave a book behind. 

The program, which started last year in PISD at only 20 campuses, was established to create a literacy friendly community and ultimately encourage students to read during the summer.

“The LFLs provide students with a source of reading material year-round,” said Christine Van Hamersveld, director of Libraries and Instructional Materials. “This is especially important for students when school and public libraries are not open and transportation to a local library is unavailable.”

The Libraries and Instructional Materials Department is reaching out to the community once again to ask book enthusiasts to share their love of reading by adding to the Little Free Library collections. 

Community members can also drop off book or cash donations at  Libraries and Instructional Materials, located at 1832 E. Sam Houston Pkwy South in Pasadena. All donations will be accepted by May 31. 

For a complete list of Little Free Library locations in the district, please visit: http://pasadenaisd.libguides.com/c.php?g=623405&p=4342969.

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Burnett Elementary fourth grader Chloe Robles uses her summer breaks to catch up on her reading. 

Little Free Libraries
South Houston Elementary kindergarten is ready to start her summer reading books that people have shared in the Little Free Library.