- Rock Rest Elementary (es)
Little Free Lending Library
The idea to create a “Little Free Lending Library” for students all began when Mrs. Ria Rorabacher, a Literacy Teacher at RRES. She learned about this idea from reading an article in Our State magazine. The idea is a way to prompt reading around the world. All one needs to do is to design and build their own lending library and fill it with amazing books and then you can go onto the Little Free Library website and register the library. Then your free library is registered on a world map along with the other lending libraries around the world. The Little Free Lending Library concept is a free book swap or trading books. You take a book from the Little Free Lending Library and leave a book.
So the story started with Mrs. Rorabacher applying for a local school grant. When the grants were awarded she did not receive a grant this year for her idea. So not to be discouraged, she shared what happened and her idea with Mrs. Diggs, Media Specialist at her school. Once Mrs. Diggs heard of her story and idea of wanting to start the Little Free Lending Library, she decided to talk with her husband Larry, about making a lending library box for our school. She printed out several designs and then gave them to her husband. Her husband talked to his friend Jerry Adams about assisting him in building a little library box for our school. So, they went to work gathering the materials they would need to build our schools beautiful Little Free Lending Library. Once the library box was finished Mrs. Diggs presented the library box to Mrs. Rorabacher. She was so excited and thrilled to be able to start up her Little Free Lending Library. But the story doesn’t end there.
We still needed the little library box painted and decorated so our “Awesome Art Teacher”, Mrs. Dana Peele, went to work with a group of fifth grade students designing and painting Rock Rest Elementary School’s “Little Free Lending Library!” Now our library is being used by students in our school daily. They enjoy going to the box and selecting new books.
The moral of the story is to never stop believing in making a difference just because one idea didn’t work the first time. We must all Push Through to make changes happen. Working together we can make a difference and achieve our goals not only at Rock Rest Elementary School but in our daily lives as well.