I made a brief trip home over the weekend to visit my family, including a brand new nephew. On Sunday morning, my sister and I walked two kiddos over to the elementary school that I attended for kindergarten and first grade (our parochial school didn't start until second grade back then). I was excited to see this Little Free Library outside one of the school's entrances. (Sidenote: I've never paused to wonder if the Fairfield City Schools' mascot is still the Indian. I guess it is.) I really like how explicit the verbiage is on the side of this LFL: Take a book or magazine, read it here, take it home, keep it or return it. I find it much more inviting than the take a book, leave a book phrase I've seen on other LFLs. Plus, there are homes where kids don't own many (or any) of their own books, and I like the idea that a child could find a book here and have the pleasure of keeping it at home forever if he or she loved it.
This LFL is, not surprisingly, full of children's books, including plenty of books for beginning-to-be independent readers. I would have loved to open it up and choose a book back when I was a first grader falling in love with reading. I was a bus rider though so I'm not sure how much browsing time I would have had, though maybe this LFL can be visited during recess...
I was totally tickled to spy a copy of Sideways Stories from Wayside School because I have clear memories of my beloved first grade teacher Mrs. Huss reading this book aloud. Here's hoping there are still copies inside the school!
Finally, as I do each time I spot a LFL, I paused to determine which book I would choose were I in need of a read. I think I'd go with Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place, a true story of the Holocaust that moved me as a ninth grader. Second choice with be The Secret Garden as a readalong with my daughter.
I hope the students of FSES are enjoying their LFL! It makes me happy to think of it there.