Shasta Elementary School this summer opened a Little Free Library near the entrance to the campus so community members could share and read books.

Shasta Vice Principal Jen Witt came up with the idea, and local woodworker George Severson built the little library.

“Our library is a way for us to create a resource for our community,” Witt said. “Reading not only strengthens a child’s vocabulary and comprehension, it provides people with a greater understanding of multiple topics and opens our world to endless adventures.”

In the little wooden house with the Shasta stinger emblem are books ranging from children and adult fiction to “how-to” tomes.

“People can grab a book of their choice, and hopefully leave a book of their choice,” said Randy Rose, principal at Shasta Elementary. “The variety of books will depend on what people take and what people leave.”

The Shasta Boosters purchased a stewardship plaque, making the library an official location on the Little Free Library map. Shasta’s Little Free Library is the second in the 97603 zip code. Go online to to learn more and to search an interactive map for all Little Free Libraries in the area.

Shasta’s Little Free Library is near the flagpole at the front entrance of the elementary school at 1951 Madison Ave. It is now among more than 75,000 Little Free Libraries in 85 countries around the world.

Shasta Principal Randy Rose looks at the books in the Little Free Library.

The Little Free Library at Shasta Elementary School is near the flagpole at the front entrance to the school.