Tiffany's Little Library Already Big With Readers

Tiffany's Little Library Already Big With Readers
Posted on 10/12/2017
Mr. Adair's Summer Project a Hit with Readers

Burton C. Tiffany Elementary teacher Steve Adair (pictured) built a “Little Free Library” for the front of Tiffany School. Like many Little Free Libraries throughout San Diego County, families are welcome to take a book or take one/leave one.

Mr. Adair, who teaches sixth grade, said the idea began to take root at the end of May 2017. That's when Tiffany Principal Chris Carroll brought a magazine to share with an article about how Little Libraries are popping up around San Diego.  “He knew I had built a few things at home and said, ‘If you are bored and need something to do this summer, I think a Little Library would be great here at Tiffany,’ ” Mr. Adair recalled. “I said we will see, as I already had some projects lined up. But I took the article and read up on Little Libraries.”

Mr. Adair discovered that a little library is an easily accessible, community box where people can place a book that they have enjoyed and/or select a book that someone else has left to enjoy. After a little research on different designs and discovering, he drove past a little library on his way home.

“I came up with a design I thought would look good for Tiffany School,” Mr. Adair recalled. “I balanced building the library with my other projects throughout the summer and finished everything but the lettering on the door by the middle of August.

“I knew if I wrote the title and instructions on the library, it would not go well. I knew just the person to help. Eileen Loyola, a fifth grade teacher at Tiffany, has the artistic skill to help with the lettering but she knew someone even better, her daughter, Jillian Loyola, a senior at Eastlake High.  I told her what I wanted the wording to be and she delivered.”

They contacted the District Maintenance department, whose staff found time in their busy schedules to come and install the mounting post. “A few days later, I installed the Little Library in front of Tiffany School.  I ‘seeded’ the library with some books the day I put it up,” Mr. Adair said. “By the next morning, several books had been taken and some had been dropped off. I even had our school custodian tell me he saw several older students participating. The community has been enriched by this simple service.”

Thank you, Mr. Adair and Tiffany staff! If you are ever in the Tiffany neighborhood, swing by and pick up a book.

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