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High school woodworking students present a Little Free Library to Conway Elementary School

On Tuesday, May 1, at 2 p.m., woodworking students from the Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) presented their first in a series of Little Free Libraries to Tanya Turek, the librarian at Conway Elementary School.
Little Free Libraries are outdoor boxes where people leave books for others to borrow or exchange for free. The Little Free Libraries presented to each of EUSD’s seventeen elementary schools and one intermediate school will be the largest installation of Little Free Libraries at any school district in California.
“Our woodworking students take a lot of pride in putting their skills to use to help others,” said Nathan Boelhauf, woodworking teacher at EUHSD. “These boxes will make it possible for younger students at EUSD schools and their families to enjoy reading as a community.”
EUHSD woodworking students are well known for building toy boxes and child-sized tables, chairs, and bookshelves to support local kindergarten families and cancer research charities. “We thank our woodworking students once again for their generosity, expertise and commitment to giving back,” said Steve Boyle, EUHSD superintendent.
EUSD Supt. Luis Rankins-Ibarra thanked the high school students and also thanked Conway Elementary Librarian Turek for her leadership. “Together, they are doing more than just building wooden boxes that house books and encourage reading,” he said. “They are literally building our sense of community in Escondido’s schools.”
Librarian Turek applied for and received a $4,500 grant from the Current Wisdom Foundation to purchase books for adults, in Spanish and English, to seed the new EUSD Little Free Libraries. A $300 grant from the Escondido Education Foundation made it possible for EUSD to register with the Little Free Libraries non-profit organization network.
“Connecting with our community is a core principal at Conway,” said Turek. “It is amazing the way the students of EUHSD, the Current Wisdom Foundation, the Escondido Education Foundation and the principals, librarians and family liaisons at all 18 of our elementary and intermediate schools came together to make this happen.”

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