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Little Free Library Collage
Lani O' Connor

JCHS Structural Systems and Service Learning students team up to build free lending libraries across the community.

There were three Little Free Library boxes installed this month by students in Mr. Stephen Strange’s Structural Systems classes. Students from Strange’s class built the boxes and then collaborated with service-learning students to paint them. Little Free Libraries are book exchange boxes that any child can use. The program encourages children to “take a book and share a book.” Landon Fisher, a senior in Structural Systems and Service Learning, volunteered to spearhead the installation efforts by communicating with both classes and completing the site prep work. If you would like to dedicate a Little Free Library in honor or in memory of a loved one, or if you would just like to help keep the boxes stocked, please contact Kristi Waltke at or by phone at (865) 397-3194. Donors may choose the location and theme of the box.

Mr. Smithey dedicated a Little Free Library in loving memory of Karen Webb Smithey at the Jefferson City Boys & Girls Club. Mattie Johnson, the artist, is a 2020 JCHS graduate and former service-learning student. Johnson drew inspiration from the book How The Crayons Saved The Rainbow for her artwork. She also added an artist’s pallet with the special touch of Mrs. Smithey’s name on the paintbrush. Children took advantage of the new Little Free Library as soon as it was completed. The first borrowers are pictured in the collage below. 

This fairy-themed Little Free Library was built with funds donated by Chad and Ragan Long in honor of their daughter Natalie. Natalie formerly attended Piedmont Elementary and was excited to give back to her old school. She selected a fairy-themed for the box that was painted by Cayla Smith, a 2020 JCHS graduate. The three students were excited to open the box and select a new book.

A woodland-themed Little Free Library Box was adopted by the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City. Church members decided to install it next to their playground and children’s gardening area. Jessica Evans, a member of the church said, “We are excited to get the library and to have book drives to keep it stocked.” Jasmain Lee, a current service-learning student and senior at JCHS, painted the woodland theme on the box. The first borrowers of this Little Free Library are also pictured below.

The Jefferson County Schools district is proud of the students and adults that worked together to bring this project to fruition, providing easy access to free reading materials to communities across the county!

Little Free Library Collage

Image Descriptions, clockwise from top left: (1) Art-themed box at the Jefferson City Boys and Girls Club. (2) The Fairy Themed Box @ Piedmont Elementary School by their pavilion. (3) JCHS Structural Systems & Service-Learning Senior and Little Free Library Project-Leader stocks the Little Free Library at the First Presbyterian Church. (4 & 5) Elementary and High School students checking out the finished product at the Little Free Library at First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson City.   (6) JCHS Structural Systems & Service-Learning Senior and Little Free Library Project-Leader using a post-hole digger to erect the Little Free Library at the First Presbyterian Church.



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