Lincoln Elementary Now Home to a “Little Free Library”
Lincoln Elementary students are avid readers, even during summer vacation, and it’s garnering them some press. A recent DNAinfo article profiled the 2011 founding of iscream4reading by Lincoln Elementary parent Kim Morrow and its enormous success. iscream4reading, a fundraising program that encourages donors to make pledges towards a student’s summer reading, raised more than $59,000 in its first year alone and quickly spread from Lincoln Elementary to LaSalle Language Academy. But the reading movement did not stop there!
Inspired by the success of the program, Lincoln Elementary parent Trigg Thorstenson constructed a miniature replica of Abraham Lincoln’s log cabin to house one of four “Little Free Libraries” in all of Chicago. “Little Free Libraries”, found all over the world, are a physical space where students and community members can leave a book or take out a book for free. iscream4reading founder Kim Morrow estimates that hundreds of books have already cycled through the “library”. We encourage all of you to take or leave a gently used book and support this reading initiative!
You can find the “Little Free Library” right outside of Lincoln Elementary’s front door. Abe would have been proud.