High School students create Little Free Library

It started as an idea voiced by a culinary arts teacher to the school media specialist, and ended up part of a citywide effort to put Little Free Libraries throughout Plymouth.

Plymouth High School culinary arts teacher Gale Litt had heard about Little Free Libraries, small boxes around the world that shelter books for people to borrow and share. She mentioned the concept to PHS media specialist Dena Budrecki, who asked for classes interested in creating one at the school.

That caught the attention of PHS teacher Sarah Maki, whose Period 8/9 English 2 class was looking for just such a problembased learning project. Led by Emily Schmidt, Cole Henning and Dallys Baizley, with writing support by Makenna Gilhuber and Chloe Fisher, the class put together a presentation and secured permission from Superintendent Carrie Dassow to put a Little Free Library at PHS.

The class identified benefits of Little Free Libraries, among them community unity and reading promotion. They also brainstormed ways to get books to stock them.

The PHS Service Learning class taught by Jim Mein- en built a Little Free Library for PHS, using plans available from the Little Free Libraries organization. PHS junior Brady Schmitt created a Panther design and is painting it on the library.

The library, located just outside the Community

Education & Recreation entrance to the school, will house a mix of books for children and adults.

Meanwhile, the Plymouth Women’s Club, looking to commemorate its 100th anniversary, began work on its own Little Free Libraries project. They plan to place 29 libraries, constructed mostly by inmates at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution and painted by local artists, around town. Among them is one with a butterfly design painted by PHS sophomore Hunter Saladini.

The club is sponsoring a community celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10 in the PHS cafeteria. The public is invited to view the libraries and vote on their favorite. There also will be story time, crafts and games for kids.

A fundraising dinner will follow at 5 p.m. at Amore, with a speech by Little Free Library co-founder Rick Brooks and a silent auction.


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