Wanted: Read and Alive!
Reading = More options for a better life! The third and fourth grade students and teachers at Westmoreland Elementary would like to announce our plans to practice community service by setting up a Little Free Library on Main Street in Westmoreland. We chose this project for two reasons. First, we’ve been learning about how challenging it is for many people around the world to access books in order to gain the power of reading. Little Free Libraries promote literacy and the love of reading with a free book exchange. Second, Little Free Libraries strengthen our sense of community when its residents are able to share ideas, skills, creativity and wisdom.
So how does a Little Free Library (LFL) work? It’s simple. A small, weather proof structure houses a collection of books to inspire, teach, and entertain a variety of readers. The only guidelines are: take a book and return a book. Anyone can stop by and take any books they’d like to read. Books can be returned to a Little Free Library or passed on to friends. Some people even leave notes in them for the next person. LFL books are always free and never late!
Little Free Libraries are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and belong to everybody - neighbors, friends, and people we don’t even know yet. The 3rd/4th grade teachers and students are willing to steward or maintain a supply of books that we hope will interest both adults and children. During the summer months, Judy Hinrichsen (retired teacher and community volunteer) has agreed to help steward the Little Free Library.
We have a dream and now like with all building projects, we need a designer and a builder. We invite any community members and service groups interested to submit an informal design or plan to build this library. Our only requests are to have two shelves or compartments for books, one for adults and one for children, and with the theme of the Oregon Trail to connect with our community. Some libraries are simple and made from recycled materials. Some are ornate and artistic. One of our students’ favorite ideas is a covered wagon Little Free Library.
So let your idea’s flow and submit any designs by email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Catherine Seitz or Leslie Nelson at Westmoreland Elementary, P.O. Box 350, Westmoreland, KS 66549 by April 15, 2016. Our students will vote on their favorite plans and choose a winning design. We hope to have our Little Free Library built and installed for a grand opening during the Westmoreland BBQ in June. If you’d like to learn more about the LFL story, check out www.littlefreelibrary.org. Thank you for helping us support the power of reading and community life in Westmoreland!