Little Free Library Build: A Collaboration of STEM-Library-Enrichment Classes

BY Kari Pons, Sean O’Connor & Jamie Whiddon 

Quashnet Elementary School (Mashpee)

Project Description

The goal of this project is to build Little Free Libraries for placement around Mashpee. This build is a collaborative grade 6 project using time in the classes of Library, STEM, and Enrichment. Students are working in teams to research and plan during Enrichment or Library class. Then in STEM they will present their information and each class will select one design based on criteria and constraints identified for a successful plan that they will build together. We plan to build 6 libraries, one from each grade 6 STEM class.  As part of the building process, the students will learn to use hand tools and select appropriate materials. In addition, students will make meaningful contributions to the Mashpee community.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)?

Success will be measured through the completion of the building of the libraries and placing them in the community.  Each stage of  the process will relate to a learning standard that is part of a rubric.

Benefit to the students and the school

The benefits to the students and school is to live the “connected community” philosophy of the Mashpee Schools. The students will engage in a cross-discipline project and contact community partners to find stewards for each Little Free Library. Students will learn useful skills while considering the specific criteria for success.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

This is a school year project starting with research, planning and design in the fall. Winter and early spring will be the time for building, finding stewards and locations, promoting, and stocking each Little Free Library with books.  Late May-June will be the installations and additional promotion.

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