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Starbuck 8th Grader Builds Little Free Library for Jefferson Lighthouse


Starbuck eighth grader, Kalyn Holland, built a Little Free Library for her former elementary school to enjoy! Holland had the idea to build the Little Free Library after being tasked with completing a Community Project, a requirement of the IB (International Baccalaureate) Middle Years Programme. With assistance from her family, Holland secured a grant to purchase the library and worked for several weeks to get the Little Free Library up and running. 

But what's a Little Free Library without any books?! That's why Holland held a book drive at Starbuck to fill the library. On May 29, the Little Free Library was filled with books and dedicated to the students of Jefferson Lighthouse Elementary School who were extremely excited to start using it right away. 

“I get to keep this?,“ one student asked Jefferson Principal Mr. Benishek as he clutched the book to his chest. 

“I enjoyed visiting little libraries in my grandma’s hometown," Holland explained. "I thought this was a great way to bring books to kids as well as a mechanism to bring a new use to books that older students may have outgrown.“ 

Holland hoped that her project would make books accessible to even more readers. Judging by the reaction of students today, it looks like this a great start!