LittleFreeLibrary.org is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization that supports offering the free exchange of books (that are housed in small containers) to the local community. Their mission: “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and build a sense of community to share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations,” also rings true with the beliefs of La Joya ISD.
Proposed by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alda T. Benavides, the movement to get our own Little Free Libraries going within our communities has been in the works for some time- and now, the small wooden libraries are available to the public at the Sullivan City, La Joya, and Palmview parks.
“We partnered with LittleFreeLibrary to become a steward (provider) for the library locations across our district,” stated Ms. Alma Salinas, Director of the library, media, textbooks department at La Joya ISD. “Our staff will be diligently checking, maintaining, and stocking the Little Libraries to ensure that they always have books available for our community,” Salinas added.
With the help of high school students in construction classes from the 3 high schools, La Joya ISD has been able to set up beautiful and well-built containers that house and protect books throughout the community. More locations will be popping up soon at local businesses for children and adults to take a book, or leave a book.
“These structures might be LITTLE libraries,” said Dr. Gisela Saenz, LJISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the La Joya Municipal Park, “… but are sure to cause a BIG impact on student success.”
La Joya ISD’s role as a steward of the Little Free Libraries adds to the global movement and growing success of its founder (and with more than 40,000 Little Libraries worldwide) our libraries too can contribute to instilling the love of reading on people of all ages.