Located right outside the Children’s Learning Center, the previous weathered and leaking Little Free Library got an update this summer, with the addition of a new library soon to take its place.
Celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony, this collaboration was done by members of Rosie’s Girls, a national group dedicated to girls in middle school to learn about trades, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Maker students. Together they designed and built a new enclosed structure for the Center’s playground that would allow kids and adults to take out and return books when they have the time. The winning creation, thought up by LCCC student Destiny Davis, was inspired by characters from a popular kid’s show called PJ Masks.
While this is a new addition to the Early Childhood area, the meaning behind its existence has been a long lasting concept in Lorain County. “This has been an initiative for some of us in early childhood for a long time, that children should have books in their homes, parents should be reading; that everyone should have a life of being literate,” explained Professor and Head Coordinator of the Children’s Learning Center Michele Henes. “From birth to death people should be able to read and interact with society.”
Since its creation, The Little Free Library has had growing success. Offering a wide range of topics from picture books for toddlers to novels for adults, books continue to come in and out steadily. “We have children that this is the first thing they do or the last thing they do every day” stated Michele Henes. Open to the public, the benefits of the Little Free Library are sure to have an impact on readers of all ages.