Alkek Little Free Library Service Project
Alkek Little Free Library – H-LSAMP Scholars Program Community Service Project
The Alkek Little Free Library is a tiny library created to encourage the community to share, exchange, and read books. It is located on Texas State property, Bldg. #967 at 1401 Thorpe Lane.
As a major employer and organizational citizen of the San Marcos community, Texas State’s University Libraries feels a responsibility to share its Bobcat pride and spread the joy and educational benefits of reading beyond our campus. Alkek Library staff used GIS Technology and expertise to identify locations within the community that are not in close proximity to public libraries, not in flood areas, and where the socio-economic and literacy data indicated a strong need for access to books.
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
Students from the H-LSAMP Scholars Program in the College of Science and Engineering are proud to have adopted the Alkek Little Free Library as their community service project. Pictured above, Diego Torres and Maddie Weaver are part of the H-LSAMP student teams who have taken care of the Little Free Library all year. Our H-LSAMP program also has a book club discussion group; we love books, too! We are a perfect match for sharing the joys of reading and promoting literacy in our community through this wonderful project.