Ms. Diano from Sylmar CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.
Help me give my students a little library experience with a book exchange box that can be placed in a common space at our school.
My students are determined to attend college and to be successful there. They know that they do not have as much access as other students in more privileged schools, which is why they devour every opportunity they have to acquire the skills they know they will need to be competitive. They ask questions, attend workshops, and stay after school for help and enrichment. Growing up in a socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood where schools and households struggle, they choose to pursue a quality education in order to better their community.
Many of them are on the threshold between the comfort and safety of what their lives have always been and the uncertainty and adventure of what their lives could be.
They have a glimpse of the larger world in each of their classrooms - in science, in math, in English - but they long to experience for themselves all the possibilities that their teachers and their parents have told them are out there. They will do so with a resilience that they have spent much of their lives building.
"For children and teenagers, libraries help instill an ethic of responsibility, to themselves and to their neighbors, by teaching them what it means to borrow and take care of something public, and to return it so others can have it too." This statement struck me most when I read it in an opinion piece by sociologist Eric Klinenberg entitled, "To Restore Civil Society, Start with the Library," published in The New York Times in September of 2018. As a child and as a teenager, I enthusiastically frequented the library, and it disheartened me that many of my students don't go to the library or even have their own library card. Unfortunately, we also don't have a school library. Though our teachers have built and continue to build our own classroom libraries from which our students can borrow books, I'd like to start building opportunities for students to borrow, return, and share books in the common spaces of our school, such as the office or right outside our doors. The Little Free Library is a program I've heard about and have seen installed in a few neighborhoods, and I thought it would be a creative way to bring a little of the library experience to our school.
I would love to install one book exchange box at our school so that students have not only easy and daily access to books but also feel a sense of shared responsibility as they gradually build a community around reading.
The book exchange box would be a place where students can take a book and leave a book for others to read. They would be responsible for painting it and maintaining it as a sacred place where stories are exchanged.
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