Book Fairy Sprinkles Reading Dust

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Pennington Traditional School student Amel Holland set out to earn her Girl Scout Bronze Award this spring. In the process, she received an outpouring of support from her school, allies in the School Division, and a new nickname—The Book Fairy.

After learning about Little Free Libraries in Prince William County Schools from her mother, Amel decided that this would be the focus of her Bronze Award project and began the work of organizing a book drive. The idea behind Little Free Libraries to provide a convenient place is for students/families to exchange books. Users take a new or gently used book and leave a book for others to enjoy. Amel looked to her school to support the project, and her classmates rallied behind her, donating 870 books toward the cause.

While the initial goal was to keep the existing 55 Little Free Libraries stocked with reading material, the project grew beyond that. Amel found an ally in Schnell Agee, supervisor of library programs and research, who arranged to have one of the Little Free Libraries being constructed by PWCS students donated to Pennington. Agee’s office is in the process of ensuring every school in the Division has a Little Free Library.

So far, The Book Fairy has sprinkled 200 books into 10 Little Free Libraries throughout PWCS. She plans to continue to do so as long as her supply lasts. She will stock the Pennington Little Free Library with books when it is installed.

If you find that your school’s Little Free Library is magically replenished with books, be sure to thank The Book Fairy.

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