Jill Siefken, a leadership and learning consultant with Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency and a part-time literacy professor at Buena Vista University, devotes many hours in a labor of love to provide books for all ages in Siefken's Little Free Library.
Siefken’s passion for literacy and ensuring all students have access to books inspired her to ask her father to build a Little Free Library for her front yard in Manson.
Siefken created Siefken’s Little Free Library Facebook page to promote it, share pictures and activities that she started to promote literacy.
"I started hiding books in baggies around my town with a note inside telling people to read the book, and then hide it for someone else to find,” she said. “I partnered with the local ice cream shop to hand out books with ice cream purchases. I’ve also created Reading BINGO sheets with books for prizes, and stocked the library with journals, bookmarks and pencils."
Siefken's Little Free Library has been a wonderful addition to the community. She will discover messages of gratitude written in chalk and decorated rocks left behind.
“Research tells us that choice, access and time to read are critical components to children's reading success. I’m trying to do my part to offer choice and access. We can all play a part in supporting the reading lives of children."