Third graders at Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach were so inspired by a book they read that they decided to create a Little Free Library for those in the community.
After reading Uma Krishnaswami’s book ‘Uncle and Me,’ which tells the story of a precocious girl who helps a community member after his lending library is shut down by the town’s mayor, the students came together and established a free-standing unit that is accessible to the general public seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
The free library allows students and anyone in the community to pick a book out to read or donate.
The library unit is located right outside the school. Teacher Jillianne Larson said, “I have been trying to get all the kids really excited about reading this year. So, I thought this would be a great way to get more people excited about reading because they can come up, get a book that they want, or put in a book they want to share with others. It’s right here so in carpool all the kids are here looking.”
Third grader Hutch Lambert said, “I think it’s good for the school and for everybody else. I just think it’s amazing that we were the first class that got to have a Little Free Library and donate it to the school and I just think that’s amazing.”
The Little Free Library at Coast Episcopal School is now one of 150,000 across the United States and 109 other countries.
Promoted by the Little Free Library organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, the vision of the organization is to have a Little Free Library in every community and a book for every reader.