Daytona Beach, FL, June 13, 2018…Summer Reading Kickoff is this week at the Dickerson Community Center, Midtown Cultural & Educational Center and Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center and will continue through the 2018 summer.
Summer is no time to let your skills slide! More importantly, it is the best time to let your imagination take control and get lost in a good book. This week, the City of Daytona will begin a Summer Reading Kickoff with the installation of several Little Free Libraries (LFL) outside of recreational centers throughout the city. The concept behind the LFL is exactly as it sounds; bring a book, take a book. Read it and return it or read it and cherish it forever.
“As an educator, I see firsthand the importance of literacy for our youth,” stated Mayor Derrick Henry. “It is a crucial indicator of a student’s future success. For all school-age youth, summer is no time to let reading skills slide! That’s why I support the new Little Free Libraries popping up outside of the city’s most popular community and recreation centers. It’s a valuable resource for all residents.”
These Little Free Libraries are a joint project between Agnes Ingram and Alycia Severson, instructors at Seabreeze High School. There was a grant from the Futures Foundation of Volusia County that provided the funding. Control of the libraries have been given to a Steward who keeps them full and looking good. The Steward for these libraries is Mr. Vincent Terry who works for the Cultural & Leisure Services department at the City of Daytona Beach.
With some help from the SHS Construction Department headed by Mr. Ray Grimmard, local carpenter John F. Eaton, and materials provided by local Motorcycle Club Daytona Beach Sunchasers, the Little Free Libraries were built. They were delivered to art teachers Amanda Roig at Westside Elementary and Toni Roberts at Palm Terrace Elementary. Their students painted the units with colorful, fun designs and messages.
Student Carmen Odio from Westside Elementary said she is excited to see the libraries in the park. She and several friends stayed after school to paint two of the libraries with their art teacher at Westside, Ms. Roig. On one side is a worm popping out of a book with the words “Be a Bookworm” painted beside it. The message is to encourage students and adults to read more as a leisure activity.
The nationwide registry of Little Free Libraries can be found at www.littlefreelibrary.com. The newest additions in Daytona Beach can be found there. Plans are to build pedestals for the LFLs at Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, the Dickerson Center and the Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Center. More libraries will be added over time.
If you want to donate books to keep these libraries full, please contact Mr. Vincent Terry at 386-671-5830. You may also take them to Seabreeze High School’s Main Office Monday thru Thursday from 8 AM to 2 PM throughout the summer.
It’s time to grab a book and let your imaginations soar!