Wheatley highlights literacy initiative


Last updated 9/14/2015 at 6:11pm

Rep. Wheatley with Brashear High School student Lester Tillet, who designed the library box in his office.

 State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and community leaders highlighted the "Little Free Libraries" initiative of the Pittsburgh Brashear High School's construction shop class during a discussion and tour at the high school on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

 "The 'Little Free Libraries' came out of an idea from students at Brashear High School," Rep. Wheatley said. "The students are in the construction program and they wanted to take their education to the next level so they started a program that not only helps them but benefits the broader community."

 To encourage reading and literacy, Brashear students, working with parent organizer Debra Smallwood, designed and built bird house-sized book cases where books are shared, read, borrowed and replaced by members of the community.

 During the tour, students showcased their work and explained how the libraries were constructed and the various opportunities offered in their technical education construction class.

 Mr. Wheatley and other area lawmakers – state Reps. Dom Costa, Paul Costa, Dan Frankel and Ed Gainey – are housing libraries in their local constituent services offices. Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto also is hosting a library at the City-County Building.


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