I'm an English teacher and children's book expert currently working as the librarian at Laredo Middle School in Aurora, CO. On March 13, 2020, we found out that kids wouldn't be returning to school for at least two weeks due to the coronavirus. On March 14, I got an email that crushed my world: The local public library was closing indefinitely.
Our family was already working toward setting up a Little Free Library in the front yard. But when I realized that kids were going to be out of school and unable to get library books for weeks—possibly months—I had to act. Until the public library reopens, we are hosting a free community library for children and young adults on our front porch.
I spent $250 of personal funds to seed the library with 89 fantastic books . The majority of these are suitable for children aged 7-12. I need to flesh out the inventory with novels for teenagers (high schoolers need to read, too!) and picture books for younger children.
Every dollar will be spent on vetted, high-quality, used books for the library. When the public library reopens, all donated books will become part of the rotating inventory of our Little Free Library or will be donated to schools.
Keep up with developments at LibbysLittleLibrary.com .
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