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“Little Free Library” shares love of reading with local community
May 4th, 2015

Written by Golden Lines Staff Writer Gabby Burns '16

In an effort to bring the love of reading to the local community, a group of students and faculty created a free library located along the sidewalk on Johnson Road in front of the fine arts wing.

Anyone can stop by to pick up a book or leave one in exchange. The small wooden structure contains books for both children and adults, and the goal is for the community to continue replenishing the library by donating some of their own gently used books.

Media Specialist Mrs. Meggan Wilcauskas, a book club including former St. Pius faculty members and Facilities Manager Mr. Jay Hoxie’s chapter of the Knights of Columbus initially filled the free library with used books.

In addition to donations from the surrounding community, the library will also be stocked with books collected from an upcoming book drive sponsored by the Green Club.

“St. Pius X is the steward of a LFL [Little Free Library] and plans to share our books and love of reading with our surrounding community,” said Mrs. Wilcauskas.

Many students have also dedicated their time and talents to the project. The Art Club painted the LFL; AP Spanish students translated the promotional material into Spanish to expand and appeal to all users; the Green Club is hosting a book drive soon to assist in stocking the library; Junior Ashley Hegwood designed brochures and posters that have been used to advertise to the local community; and the Helping Hands Club made bookmarks that were placed in each of the books. Overall, the library is truly a community effort.

The library is currently open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to use it and donate any extra books they no longer want.

Thanks to time and energy from the St. Pius community, the love of reading can hopefully spread throughout our local area.

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