(Posted July 7, 2017)
By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer
Three retiring Jonathan Alder Local Schools teachers have left a legacy designed to continue the education of children.
Anne Gorman, Terri Stahl and Cheryl Brockman may have left the classroom, but their love for the children will continue in the community. The three left behind a Little Free Library that is already stocked with books. The little library, made with the assistance of Brockman’s husband Scott, sits at 4935 State Rte. 38, London.
Little Free Libraries, many built in unusual designs, can be found in communities across the nation. They even have a website, www.littlefreelibrary.org, where the little libraries can be registered to help people locate them.
“I would love to see more libraries built around the community in places where students don’t have easy access to a public library,” said Brockman.
The Jonathan Alder little library was painted by Plain City Elementary students with guidance from art teacher, Janel Luker.
What makes this little library stand out is the roof, which is made from slate from Canaan Middle School.
There is one basic rule to little libraries: “Take a book; leave a book.”
Brockman says she has nine boxes of children’s books. The Jonathan Alder Education Association has pledged to continue to be the librarians and keep the library stocked with books once school starts in August. Other students and teachers have also donated books.