New library keeps learning going after hours

New library keeps learning going after hours
Fishweir Elementary students Adrianna Samuels, Julian White and Kamiyah Boddie plan to enjoy borrowing books from the new Free Little Library on the school’s campus.

Students at Fishweir Elementary School have their own Free Little Library, which was officially opened Oct. 20 with a ribbon cutting. Even when school is not in session, students may choose books from the Little Library and return them to exchange for a new one when they have finished reading it. The library was created by third grade teacher C. Suzanne Evans, who was the Florida Blue 2015 Teacher of the Year finalist. She used her prize to have two boxes installed, one slightly shorter than the other to serve the younger students.

“What a wonderful honor system to be able to check out a book, bring it back and continually read,” said Shirley Scott, reading coach at Fishweir. “It’s a beautiful way of enriching the lives of students and even the community. It can even be a project to get a fresh array of books from individuals and groups in the community.”

Next month students look forward to two special visits. On Friday, Nov. 4, the Jacksonville Giants Basketball team will visit with their mascot and dance squad to promote reading. Also on Nov. 4, the PTA sponsors the annual Fall Festival, beginning at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Katherine Ross, executive director from the office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, will teach second grade students a civics lesson. Afterwards, students will conduct classroom elections, learning about the election process through the lens of a candidate and a voter.

By Kate A. Hallock

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