Dicken Elementary School installed a Little Free Library in a corner of Dicken’s garden, where there is now a reading garden surrounded by sunflowers.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Little Free Library was held recently during the school’s annual ice cream social.
“The goal is to encourage reading among Dicken’s students and throughout the neighborhood,” said Carolyn Herrmann, a Dicken parent and garden coordinator at Dicken along with Michelle Loewe. “I hope it also promotes a sense of community.”
Using a portion of the grant money the school received for its garden expansion and fencing project, Herrmann ordered Dicken’s Little Free Library kit from the official website. It comes along with a charter number, which she submitted online to be on the world map: Our Map – Little Free Library.
The library was built by Tom Weddell, who is a carpenter and the husband of Dicken teacher, Jennifer Brogno. Dicken parent Peter Arendall installed the library.
Anyone is welcome to visit Dicken’s school garden and use the Little Free Library. It is open to the public and for the common good, as are all Little Free Libraries, Herrmann noted.
Also new is a community seed exchange box in the library.
For more information about this global literacy initiative, go to www.littlefreelibrary.org