Have you noticed our newest addition at SCPA? We have a Little Free Library near the front entry of the school.
Alum Morgan Bancroft-Howard, class of 2016, initiated the idea and brought it to the attention of the National Art Honor Society, NAHS, and the National English Honor Society. ”Morgan was looking for a NAHS service project. We have seen many of these libraries all over the Twin Cities, and as avid readers, we certainly appreciated the concept,” stated her father, Andrew Bancroft-Howard. He went on to say, “Since SCPA doesn’t have a library, it was seen as a great way for Lower, Middle and Upper School students to have another place where they get to intermingle to share in the spirit that is growing at SCPA.”
“Morgan worked with a student committee to determine the design and her dream to add this gem to the school’s footprint last year,” exclaimed Mrs. Maakestad, Upper School art teacher and NAHS Advisor. “It was Morgan and her father who completed the project this summer which was then installed on October 10.”
“They used recycled materials from an old shed on their land to make the library look like a rustic building, complete with a lovely barn red exterior, tar paper roof tiles and a bright blue door,” said Maakestad. She went on to say, “A variety of locations around the building were considered but its permanent home creates a welcoming and visually pleasing addition to the front of our school.”
A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. Anyone can take books from the Library or donate books to the Library. To keep the Little Library full of good choices for the entire school, students and their family are encouraged to bring books from home to share. Little Free Library book exchanges function on the honor system; everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside.
The bottom shelf is for books that will inspire our K – 6th grade readers. The top shelf is for books that will inspire 7th grade through adult readers. If you find that the library shelves are full and cannot accept any more books, please bring your books to Mrs. Maakestad and she will store them for future shelving needs.
“I want to thank Morgan and her family for making this dream come true,” says Maakestad. Andrew added, “Morgan and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Seeing the final product in place and being used, is fantastic. We hope everyone gets many years of enjoyment out of it.”