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Little Free Libraries hope to keep kids reading

Published On: May 15 2013 03:25:16 PM CDT
Updated On: May 15 2013 03:25:49 PM CDT
JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

Hunters Creek Elementary School students have a big opportunity with the Little Free Library Program.  The newly built storage units look like giant mail boxes, but they have book inside. 

"A lot of our students live a good distance away from the public library.  It's not within walking distance to their homes.  They needed access to books," said Mary Dyer, school principal.

The books are donated by the community and traditional libraries.  Kids of all ages can walk up, open the doors and grab a book any time they want.   The Little Free Libraries are built by volunteers, and one is built by the school's robotics team.

"We screwed the screws in.  We painted the pieces.  We spray painted other pieces.  We even put hinges on the door, " said Jonathan Hooper, a 4th grade student.

There are two Little Free Libraries in the small Jacksonville communities such as Holiday City Mobile Home Park.  Managers say kids stop by the little library before coming home.

"A lot of children will get off the bus or come to the mailbox, walk up to the little library on their own and check out books.  We just enjoy seeing the kids being active and reading," said Krystal Hochstrasser.

One person is deemed the Little Free "Librarian", and they make sure their wooden box is always stocked.

"It helps kids to keep reading and do better in school," said Jada Anderson, a 4th grade student.

It's a way to make sure the learning doesn't stop before the summer starts.