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Free Little Library opens at Foose School, designed by first-graders

First-grade students at Foose Elementary cut the ribbon on a Free Little Library that they designed in their classrooms.

Harrisburg students created a “little” solution to a big problem they saw in their community.

On Friday, first-graders at Foose Elementary School cut the ribbon on a “Little Free Library” that will allow students and neighbors to access books 24/7.

Students and teachers at Foose discovered that there was no library within walking distance in their community in South Harrisburg, they said. Teachers led their students through a month-long project to fill that need.

“We tried to think of fun ways to include science, math and reading together,” said first-grade teacher Lindsay Shearer.

The Free Little Library at Foose School, designed by students.

Students across the five classrooms brainstormed ideas for the design, made small models and helped paint the little library.

“I saw a lot of the quieter kids and the EL (English learner) students come out of their shells,” said Kaia Wise, another first-grade teacher. “It’s always interesting to see that they can do a lot more than you think. They ran with it and came up with their own ideas.”

Student Richie Alridge said his favorite part of the project was getting to paint and help people in his community.

All the materials for the library were donated, Wise said.

The library is open for anyone to borrow a book or to donate one. It is registered online with the nonprofit Little Free Library.

“I think this is going to be a wonderful addition to the school and the community,” first-grade teacher Kirsten Hill said.

The Little Free Library is located at the front entrance of Foose Elementary School at 1301 Sycamore St., Harrisburg.

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