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Lakeview Elementary students build a little free library

“Take a book, Leave a book”
Jersey Leeson and Paige Grant stand in front of their little free library they built during “Genius Hour” at Lakeview Elementary. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Jersey Leeson and Paige Grant hope to spark reading amongst students at Lakeview Elementary School.

The Grade 7 students built a mini wooden library that was recently installed near the school’s main entrance on Beryl Road.

Tucked inside the blue painted structure with two green shelves were over a dozen books Wednesday, April 6, among a yellow note “take a book, leave a book.”

It had taken a little while for the girls to build the mini-library as they met only once a week during what is called “Genius Hour.”

B.C.’s curriculum describes “Genius Hour” as a time when students can pursue their own interests by working an hour each week on projects of their choosing.

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“We thought it would be cool to build something, and then we came across an idea of that,” Leeson said.

Leeson and Grant have a love for reading themselves.

Leeson likes delving into fantasy books while Grant said her favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Both hope their mini library will inspire other students to take up reading, and now that the weather is warming up to possibly enjoy a book outside.

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