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News 4 Schools: Little Free Libraries are popping up all around St. Louis

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Kirkwood school district builds a "little library" for the younger kids Kirkwood school district builds a "little library" for the younger kids

KIRKWOOD, Mo (KMOV.com) – Schools around St. Louis are bringing books back to life in a new and creative way.

The Kirkwood school system believes that the seeds of literacy are planted early. Kathy Krus, lead parent educator, said, “Our goal was for children to get excited picking out a book and for parents to be able to support that.”

The trend is called, “Little Free Libraries.” The Kirkwood School District has decided to use Little Free Libraries to encourage literacy, one free book at a time.

The district’s parents as teachers program looked to the older students to be an influence on the younger kids.

It has been said, if you build it, they will come. James Strevey, junior at Kirkwood High School and his classmates decided to build their own little library for the younger kids.

“It’s about spreadin’ the love of reading from little kids to teenagers,” said Strevey.

The brains behind the design of the little library is Zana Essmyer. “I always loved reading and I know I would have loved the chance to go get free books and I also love designing, so I thought it'd be a fun project for me and it has a good purpose.” Said Essmyer.

You can find this little library available 24/7 in Memorial Park in the Meachem Park neighborhood. 

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