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About This Library
The North Hills Little Free Library was created through the creative minds of the students who envisioned it and the thoughtful efforts from a collaboration with two high school classrooms who brought the students' vision to life.
After completing research about the Little Free Library idea and viewing the designs of other libraries, students were each asked to draw their own vision for a Little Free Library to house at North Hills. Each student also included a descriptive paragraph describing the main features of their design. Those who wished to enter our official design contest spoke in front of the classroom and answered questions about their design. Voting took place and the top three finalists from each classroom made it to finals.
The winning design was draw by Camelle. Here was his description of his design:
"My vision for my library is a castle because it is a free kingdom of books for all! There will be a tablet holder so people can read comments about the books. My family will donate free bookmarks for everyone that will be stored in the towers. The castle will be made out of wood, wire, and cloth. The books will be stored in the top left and top right walls where the doors are. The colors will be red, black, orange, gray, yellow, and brown."
To determine the appropriate size for the library, students used their measurement skills to learn the average size of a children's book that would be placed in the library. The location where students decided to place the library also helped lead to the final measurements.
This design sketch was then sent to high school teachers, Robert Ressel and Jim Grandi, who had graciously agreed to help in building the library. They scheduled several meetings with the classroom and students in order to further discuss the design and share more about the design process. Both teachers asked for students' opinions, shared sketches and ideas, and explained how a design idea, such as Camelle's, progresses throughout the process before it is turned into a finished product. Adjustments were made as students came up with new ideas, such as the addition of wheels to make the library more mobile. Each time the information gained from the fourth grade students during collaboration meetings was taken back by the teachers to share with their high school students who were building and designing the library as part of their Industrial Arts and Art classes.
The finished library reflects all of the hard work and effort from the individuals involved. It is a unique design that truly shows what can be possible with creativity and collaboration. We hope the students and guests of Central York School District will be able to use and help maintain this library for many years to come. We would love for it to be a source of conversation and excitement about reading for everyone who visits.
To read more about the process of creating this library from the students' perspective, visit our About the North Hills Little Free Library page.
Our Hopes and Dreams for Our Little Free Library
- "My hopes and dreams for the Little Free Library are to help kids get a book from the LFL and read it."
- "I hope to get kids some books if they don't have any."
- "I hope our Little Free Library helps kids get fluent in their reading."
- "I hope kids will use our Little Free Library a lot and return books, not just take them."
- "Hopefully many teachers, staff, and students will use our Little Free Library."
- "I hope families that cannot afford books will use our Little Free Library."
- "I hope our North Hills Elementary Little Free Library will improve students' fluency."
- "I hope it means more kids can read."
- "I hope more kids will learn more speaking skills."
- "Kids who can't afford books will get the books from the Little Free Library and read."
- "We hope that books will spread imagination."
- "Our dreams are for the books to open kids' minds."
- "We hope that our library will start a big commotion about reading."
- "I hope people will respect our Little Free Library."
- "I hope kids who can't afford books can get some from our Little Free Library."
- "I hope people read the books and be kind to them."
- "I hope a lot of people use our Little Free Library."
- "I hope to see our Little Free Library still be up in 3 or 2 years."
- "I hope our Little Free Library helps people open up a world of imagination."
- "I hope our library will make kids happy."
- "I hope that many people go to the Little Free Library so that they can take new books. I hope that kids that can't buy any books take books from the Little Free Library. I hope that people that only have a little bit of books at home can get some from the Little Free Library. I also hope that people will read more often. I hope that when people walk past the Little Free Library they will see it and take a book. I hope that when people like sixth graders walk past they won't mess the books up. I hope that the Little Free Library will stay very long."
- "I hope it becomes very popular and very awesome."
- "I hope that everyone will have fun reading."
- "I hope kids will get more fluent and read more. And challenge each other to read harder books. Maybe you could #BookItForward to family and friends."
- "I hope that some people can get books that they like."