It may be a small thing, but it could make a big difference. That’s what Ozark North Elementary PTA President Erin Heslin said about the new Little Free Library in front of the elementary school.
“The little door is open all the time and you can see kids getting books and leaving books,” Heslin said. “It’s just really heartwarming to have something like this, and it has such a positive impact for all the kids it serves.”
Donated by the school’s PTA, a Little Free Library is exactly what its name implies — a book-sharing box set up in communities where people can exchange books for free. The nonprofit worldwide organization has the tagline “Take a book. Share a book.”
Heslin said the PTA thought installing the library at North, which is located on NN Highway, would help inspire students to read.
“When there is a need and you reach out to your community, they really step up,” she said.
Not only was the PTA able to donate the Little Free Library, which was constructed by the grandfather of a North student, but also $2,000 for Laura Snow, North Elementary library media specialist, to purchase books for the school’s library.
“We’ve had so many books lost and damaged, it is amazing for us to be able to replace those books,” Snow said. “I’m really excited. Kids are giving me suggestions every day on what books to buy.”
The Little Free Library is available to anyone to use, however, since it’s at an elementary school, donated books should be geared toward younger readers.
“The kids are so excited about it,” Snow said. “They stop and look on their way to school in the morning. We hope people will also use it on the weekends and during school breaks.”