Bennett Little Free Library

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

First- and third-grade students at Bennett Elementary School have dedicated their new Bennett Little Free Library. The library, funded by the Prince William SPCA, is installed just outside of the school at the bus loop. Bennett’s librarian, Valerie Klasse, and her media assistant, Barb Damato, were leaders in the implementation of the little library project.

Principal Shelley Pohzehl led the short ceremony to dedicate the library. She explained to the students that they are to be stewards of the Little Free Library.

When asked why the first and third graders were chosen to be stewards of the library, Ms. Pohzehl said, “So often we select our fifth graders to be a part of celebrations such as this. We know that this little library will be standing for years to come. Our first graders will watch it as they grow in our school. They will be able to tell the new students about the library and continue to grow a love of literature.”

Todd Erickson, associate superintendent for the central elementary schools, also took part in the dedication ceremony. He had the honor of decorating the Little Free Library by placing the first sticker on its side.

The dedication ended with a ribbon-cutting, after which students lined up to look inside the library.

Books inside of the little library were provided by Bennett Elementary and local neighbors, and are geared toward a variety of ages and reading levels. Books can be borrowed from the library for as long as needed and put back after reading or replaced with a different book. The idea is to take a book and leave a book.


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