University students are inquirers! University students are open minded! University students are community service oriented! University students are internationally minded! I say this with confidence.
As a student teacher working with Ms. D’Eliso in the library, I have seen countless demonstrations of 3rd and 4th grade students demonstrating the core principles of the International Baccalaureate program over the last four weeks.
Together, the 3rd and 4th grade classes and I have embarked on a journey to learn more about libraries around the world. The first week focused on different types of libraries. We learned about the Monroe County Public Library Bookmobile and saw pictures of the original bookmobile, 85 years ago! The Bookmobile even makes a stop at University Elementary school every Thursday from 5:05-6:00pm.
(1929, MCPL Bookmobile History)
We learned about Little Free Libraries. Little Free Libraries can be built by anyone, in any shape and any size, and can be found anywhere and everywhere around the world. The Little Free Library operates on generosity and kindness. There are no librarians to check in and out books. Instead, anyone can take a book and leave a book.
There are Little Free Libraries popping up all over Bloomington. University students have been alert, spotting them in Park Ridge East Park, downtown, in people’s yards, even on a trip to New York City. Community service minded University students have helped build Little Free Libraries with their family members, others have told me about how they helped paint a Little Free Library made of pottery, and some demonstrated generosity and community spirit by not only taking books but donating books back to the Little Free Libraries so they continue to flourish.
In addition to Little Free Libraries and bookmobiles, students learned about tool libraries, the true story of Luis Soriano and his Biblioburro in Colombia, elephant libraries in Laos, telephone box libraries in England, and St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt - the oldest continually operating library in the world. It’s been around for over 1,500 years.
(Luis Soriano and his Biblioburro)