Little Free Library at Auburn Elementary

Brose North America, Inc. donates Little Free Library to Auburn Elementary

According to the non-profit organization, Little Free Library, “one of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books”. To that end, the organization has a network of more than 60,000 libraries around the country, including a new one at Auburn Elementary in the Avondale School District. The school was recently the recipient of a Little Free Library that will serve the 400 students who attend the school. The library was donated by Brose North America, Inc. whose philanthropic activities include education initiatives. The company website indicates a desire to “support education as an important prerequisite on the path to personal success.”

Photo of James Hopson, Joshua Maniago, Linda Maniago, and nine Auburn Elementary students pose by the new Liteel Free Libarary

Students at Auburn Elementary help Brose North America, Inc. employees James Hopson and Joshua Maniago and retired Avondale School District teacher, Linda Maniago dedicate a Little Free Library

That philosophy was embraced by two Brose North America, Inc. employees, Joshua Maniago and James Hopson. The pair worked with Auburn Elementary staff and Maniago’s mother, Mrs. Linda Maniago, a retired Avondale School District teacher, to bring the Little Free Library to the school. Mrs. Maniago spent her entire Avondale career at Auburn Elementary touching thousands of lives. Because of her role in establishing the library, she will continue to touch lives. 

Speaking after a dedication of the library that included the entire student body, staff, Mrs. Maniago, Maniago and Hopson, Auburn Elementary principal, Jodie Middleton said, “we thank Mrs. Maniago for her continued commitment to the children in our community. As an educator, she helped her students build a solid foundation for learning throughout their lives – it is her legacy.”

Middleton went on to thank Brose North America, Inc. for their donation, “we are grateful for the library. It is a generous gift that will serve as a resource and a reminder of the important role that reading plays in the success of a student. It’s great to see the business community invest in our students in this way – reading is an investment for a lifetime.” 

Though the young students may not have grasped the implications of that investment or its significance to their academic success, they knew something special had been given to their school that day.  As one third-grader who was looking over the book selection said, “this is the best day ever.”

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