Literacy is a value that has been passed down in Louis Stanoch’s family. His grandparents are retired educators and his mother was the director of Book Buddies, a summer reading program, for six years. This year, it was Stanoch’s turn to promote literacy in the community.
As part of his Community Involvement class at Hopkins High School, the senior chose to repair and restock the three Little Free Libraries—located at West Junior High, Glen Lake, and Gatewood—as a contact-free volunteer project. The library at Gatewood was installed by Stanoch’s grandpa in the spring of 2014. They function on the honor system. Any community member may take a book or share a book.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made public libraries close and access to the school media center is limited. Little Free Libraries may be the only place people in the community can get a book to read,” Stanoch said.
Stanoch partnered with his mom and they started to repair and restock the libraries after they realized it was in need of a facelift last spring. His advisor and Hopkins High School media specialist Carol Tracy has helped with book donations and finding age-appropriate resources.
“Even though these Little Free Libraries are located at schools, it’s the community members who are responsible for the maintenance of the boxes and stocking the books,” Stanoch said. “I am happy to promote free access to books and spread the joy of reading into the community.”