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Sparta Area School District installs 'bookhouses' at elementary schools

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) - Families in the Sparta Area School District have a handful of new locations to pick up books.

Five "bookhouses" have been installed in the school district, containing books and magazines for both children and adults.

"Bookhouses or little libraries are appearing in communities across Wisconsin and have become popular ways to increase community access to reading materials," Superintendent John Hendricks said in a statement.

The boxes are always accessible, and there's no cost to use the books inside. All that is asked is that you return the book when you're finished with it.

"We believe that this is another way we can encourage literacy within the district, especially among our young readers," said Hendricks.

Additional books can be left in the bookhouses to increase supply. Books can be donated directly to school district buildings with a bookhouse or at the Administrative and Education Center at 201 E. Franklin Street in Sparta.

Buildings with bookhouses in the school district are Cataract, Lawrence-Lawson, Maplewood and Southside elementary schools, as well as the AEC.

The project was made possible through donations from the Cataract and Lawrence-Lawson PTOs, Union National Bank and the Sparta Public Education Foundation.

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