Next week, Garden City USD 457 will celebrate the grand opening of its Little Free Library, a public book exchange box at the Educational Support Center.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting will run from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 1205 Fleming St.

The Little Free Library, the first of four planned for the community, is covered by the Literacy in Kansas Grant the district received last year and aims to bolster local literacy efforts and increase access to books for all community members. Anyone will be able to take a book or leave one in the library.

“Our Little Free Library doesn’t just belong to us at the district, it belongs to the whole community … It’s our hope that this Little Free Library will bring a little more joy, a little more connection with families and a lot more books out to our community,” said Mary Karlin, USD 457 community literacy liaison and grant facilitator.

The Garden City High School Health and Trades Academy students designed and constructed the library.

District employees will maintain the book supply and oversee the library, and security cameras will monitor it. The library will appear on the Little Free Libraries World Map at