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Little Free Library opens at Midview West Elementary School

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    Third-grade students, with teacher Dana Fejedelem, top, hold books donated to the new Little Free Library at Midview West Elementary on Wednesday. The Library was paid for by a Ross grant that was offered through Midview Schools and was spearheaded by Fejedelem.

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    Third grader Vladminir Evans puts a donated book into the new Little Free Library at Midview West Elementary on Sept. 26.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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EATON TWP. — Reading just got a little bit easier to accomplish for students at Midview Schools thanks to the placement of a Little Free Library outside Midview West Elementary School.

Midview West Elementary School third-grade teacher Dana Fejedelem spearheaded the project, which was paid for by a Ross grant offered through Midview Schools, said Principal Patricia Hamilton.

The library, which was purchased from the Little Free Library Co., is 21 inches wide, 23.5 inches tall and 18.5 inches deep — just enough space for a little library.

“We have about 30 books in it right now, and there is still room for more,” Fejedelem said.

The idea behind the Little Free Library is simple: Take a book, leave a book. There are others around the county, and this is the latest to join the list.

Anyone of any age is welcome to browse the selection.

“You simply drive to the school and help yourself to any book that is inside of the Little Free Library,” Fejedelem said. “The purpose of this library is to get books into the hands of people/children who need them the most. We also hope that this library helps to strike a love for reading in our community.”

Not everyone has to put a book in the library in order to take one.

“We just love the idea of knowing that anyone can have reading materials anytime,” Fejedelem said.

Anyone can donate a book at any time.

Fejedelem said reading fosters children’s imaginations in a way that electronic devices cannot.

“There are many times our students aren’t able to go to the library and have no access to reading materials at home,” she said. “We hope that by offering the option of the Little Free Library, we are ensuring that all of the students never have to be without a book.”

Superintendent Bruce Willingham called the Little Free Library a “real world way” to help make books available every day to everyone, and he applauded the efforts set forth by Fejedelem and Hamilton.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Mrs. Fejedelem and Mrs. Hamilton for getting this grant and providing something for our students to experience while they are taking a walk around campus with their family or maybe just waiting on a ride after practice,” Willingham said.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at (440) 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.
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