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Little Free Library installed in San Pedro Town

Little Free Libraries are small wooden boxes set up in public spaces used to encourage children to read and share their favorite books with their community. It operates under the honor system that you take a book, and you leave a book, this way the content of the boxes is constantly changing.

With the aim to promote reading to island children, a Little Free Library was installed in the DFC Area ittle Free Library in San Pedro Town on Friday, March 29th. Little Free Libraries are small wooden boxes set up in public spaces used to encourage children to read and share their favorite books with their community. It operates under the honor system that you take a book, and you leave a book, this way the content of the boxes is constantly changing.

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I WANT ONE UP HERE - I put in my request. Very excited to have these ideas spread.


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It might need a Neighborly Monitor ..... A couple of our staff members packed up some of their children's books along with their children and headed to the box for a trade.... They said once they arrived it was empty. frown Let us know if we can help teach people how to use the little library....


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It is possible the "recipient" had no books to leave in the box. Hopefully, some child now has reading material to enjoy. Little Library is such a great thing to start on the island. I'm sure there will be a learning curve, but feel good about giving a child a book. Kudos!


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Originally Posted by ScubaLdy
I WANT ONE UP HERE - I put in my request. Very excited to have these ideas spread.


Miss Ldy we hav this in Los Barilles. French lady put them on 3 streets. My ninos always trade. Who knows who puts differvent book?
Maybe constructor can make nook house and you start with the first books?

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Originally Posted by Judyann H.
It might need a Neighborly Monitor ..... A couple of our staff members packed up some of their children's books along with their children and headed to the box for a trade.... They said once they arrived it was empty. frown Let us know if we can help teach people how to use the little library....


Judyann, This is one of the biggest challenges that we discussed before moving ahead with this project. We wanted to have enough books to keep the LFLs (more in the future) filled so that the children would return and exchange for others. It takes children some time to be able to read, so likely they are still reading the first books that they have taken out and hopefully they will return. We have more books to put in but training the steward-mother is also important so that they help teach the neighborhood children to take and return, as well as let one of us know when more books are needed.

Did your children leave their already read books there even though they did not have any new to choose from? Hopefully those wanting to help will bring books (big cry for Spanish ones) so that we do not overload but have enough to work with during the teaching time. We will try to get more books there tomorrow to fill it back up again.

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Thanks Janice for responding.... No, they decided to take their books back home..... I'll bring it up at our next Staff meeting and encourage them to help monitor the box as well.... This can be such an asset to our local families.... Really hoping it works out.... Anyone coming from the North please toss in some children's books to donate....


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Second Little Free Library installed in San Pedro Town

Another Little Free library was installed in the San Mateo Area in San Pedro Town on Saturday, May 11th. The aim of the Little Free Libraries around town is to promote reading to island children, who can, in turn, share their favorite books with their community. It operates under the honor system that you take a book and leave a book, so the content of the library boxes constantly changes.

The second Little Free Library was built by local Belizean carpenters Jacob and Romaldo and was commissioned by David Threets with support from his friend Jennie Schetnan. They had it built and then contacted Belize Bookworms (team in charge of the Little Free Libraries in San Pedro Town) to proceed with their donation. This second Little Free Library is located around the corner from Holy Cross Anglican School, just in front of the Lopez Store in the San Mateo Area. Belize Bookworms already have a third Little Free Library, which has been donated by Beth Mersch, mother of island resident Alyssa Esquivel. Mersch has donated the price of the library and 50 books in the name of her grandchildren who live on the island. The third Little Free Library is expected to be installed at Boca Del Rio Area. For now, the team will stop at three Little Free Libraries to see how many books it takes to maintain them on the island. If a fourth library is installed, it will be in the San Pedrito Area.

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San Pedro Town has a third Little Free Library

To continue to promote reading among island children on Ambergris Caye, a third Little Free library was installed in the Boca del Rio Area in San Pedro Town on Wednesday, July 24th. The Little Free libraries operate under the honor system that you take a book and leave a book, so the content of the libraries constantly change.

This new Little Free Library, complete with 50 books, was donated by Beth Mersch. Mother of island resident Alyssa Esquival, Mersch gifted the library in honor of her three grandchildren who are Belizean/American and live on the island. The new library is located one block away from Casa Pan Dulce in the Boca Del Rio Area, towards the lagoon side, and was built by Ronny Perez and painted by Melody Sanchez Wolfe from Belizean Melody Art Gallery.

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this is WoNDERFUL!!!

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