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Little Free Libraries at Jefferson

Jefferson Elementary School parents, students, and staff assembled, painted, and placed the three Little Free Libraries around the school. The little libraries will be stocked with books in English and Spanish since Jefferson Elementary is home to one of Pasadena Unified’s Spanish dual language immersion programs.

The little libraries were funded by a grant awarded to Jefferson teacher Kathy Marquez as part of PEF’s yearly Teacher Grants.

“The Little Free Library motto is ‘take a book – return a book,’” said Ms. Marquez.  “Choice is an important part of the independent literacy activities students participate in every day, and the the libraries create exciting opportunities to choose a book that stirs their interest and take it home until they are ready to exchange it for another.

Ms. Marquez was awarded the Jarratt Brunson Memorial Award for Literacy, which honors the late Jarratt Brunson, the PEF founder who initiated the Teacher Grant Program. This award goes to the proposal that best reflects Jarratt’s passion for reading and early literacy. PEF’s Teacher Grants program is supported by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, and the community.