Art, Con­struc­tion Stu­dents In­stall Lit­tle Free Li­brary

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGIN­NIS

As the school year wound down re­cently at Mesa Verde Ele­men­tary School, school staff and high school in­struc­tors ad­mired the work of their stu­dents as a “Lit­tle Free Li­brary” was opened for busi­ness on the lo­cal cam­pus.

The lend­ing li­brary structure was built and in­stalled by River­bank High School stu­dents and will be main­tained by the ele­men­tary school.

The Lit­tle Free Li­brary pro­gram is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that “in­spires a love of read­ing, builds com­mu­nity, and sparks cre­ativ­ity by fos­ter­ing neigh­bor­hood book ex­changes around the world,” ac­cord­ing to the group’s web­site, https://lit­tle­freel­i­brary. org.

Al­though not all are listed presently, there are at least four lo­ca­tions of the li­braries around River­bank, in­clud­ing two in Cross­roads.

The web­site in­cludes plans for the units, and in­cludes kits of sev­eral dif­fer­ent styles of units. In River­bank, the River­bank High School me­dia class, taught by Jon Gianelli, de­signed the li­brary, and build­ing and con­struc­tion class stu­dents taught by Cory Cas­teel built and in­stalled it.

The project is in­tended to in­crease ac­cess to books for ev­ery­one.

Ac­cord­ing to the web­site, chil­dren grow­ing up in homes with­out books are on av­er­age three years be­hind chil­dren in homes with lots of books.

The goal of the Lit­tle Free Li­brary is to get books into the hands of all kids by pro­vid­ing con­tin­ual ac­cess to books, help­ing to en­cour­age a love of read­ing. There is no charge; stu­dents can bor­row books, bring them back and even do­nate books to the site. It is

open to adults as well, with a va­ri­ety of gen­res and read­ing lev­els rep­re­sented.

The stu­dents at River­bank High who helped on the Pan­ther Lit­tle Free Li­brary project at Mesa Verde Ele­men­tary School in­cluded Lewis Hampt, Vic­tor Verdin, Joey Gar­cia, Christo­pher Martinez, Wil­liam Esquivel and Wil­liam Ken­drick.

Oth­ers help­ing were Luis An­drade, Edgar Arana, Joel Lizarraga, Janie Sal­cido and Teresa Valen­zuela.

In­struc­tors noted that the Home De­pot in River­bank do­nated some of the ma­te­ri­als for con­struc­tion.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE NEWS

Pic­tured, from left, Jon Gianelli, RHS me­dia in­struc­tor; Cory Cas­teel, Build­ing and Con­struc­tion teacher; Mesa Verde Ad­min­is­tra­tive Assistant Colleen Nabors; Principal Kim Ott; and At­ten­dance Sec­re­tary Au­dra Rivers ad­mire the hand­i­work of the River­bank...

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