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Belton High School students build tiny free libraries to inspire kids to read

Posted: 5:48 PM, Mar 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-05 18:53:37-05
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BELTON, TX — Belton High School students are making reading a priority using the skills they learned in their construction class.

Students are building tiny libraries to set up near elementary schools and other places around town with one goal in mind - to inspire a younger generation to pick up a book.

The project all started when two Belton High School 11th graders got the idea for the lending library houses as they worked together as members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

"To make it a more creative way for the community to get involved with reading as well. So, by putting them in elementary schools and places where it would really hit like the youth and little kids as easily as it could," said Alexis Aryal who helped plan the project.

The team has already donated the little free libraries to Sparta Elementary and Southwest Elementary, and on Monday they donated one to Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center.

"Well it's something that we use in like every day life, like every day we have to read," added Yesenia Guzman who also helped plan the project.

The team has already donated the little free libraries to Sparta Elementary and Southwest Elementary, and on Monday they donated one to Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Medical Center.

The little libraries are already starting to affect students at Sparta Elementary.

Reading is one of Sparta Elementary student Aubrey Tawney's favorite things to do. She added that having a good book inspires her to read even more.

"I feel like it's good for your brain, and it helps a lot of kids learn," said Aubrey.

The FCCLA students shared they can never have enough books. If you’d like to get involved, you can drop off books at Belton High School or donate to the little free libraries.