Tucson fourth grader creates free book library for kids

TUCSON, Ariz.(KGUN) — An 8-year-old boy from Tucson says he wants to make a difference in his community and that he does so through his love of reading. Lineweaver Elementary Gavin MacMurdo says he loves to read and do good things in his community and that’s how his new little free library became a reality.

“I just wanted to add some joy to my neighborhood. There are a few rules, take a book, read a book and leave a book. I wanted to have one and see what it means to make one,” said Gavin.

Gavin’s mother Kristina says the library is getting positive reactions from neighbors after posting a photo of her son sharing the news on Facebook. She hopes it inspires other children to read more often.

“It seemed to affect a lot of people; I think a lot of people needed to get that positivity on their social media for once,” Kristina said.

The library has been in use in Palo Verde and East Fairmount St. for about a week now. Book donations from neighbors are also coming in. Meanwhile, Gavin’s 5-year-old sister does her part to set things up.

“People have left books behind. They are great fun for kids my age and younger. My sister helped with this, she just didn’t want to be in the pictures, but she did help stock up on the books. She helped make it idea, a little shout out to my sister Charley,” Gavin said.

When it comes to Gavin’s favorite book, that decision is kind of a tough one.

“Favorite book, I have to, hmm I can’t choose between Dog Man and Dragon Masters, they are my absolute favorites,” Gavin said.

At the end of the day, both Gavin and Kristina say it’s about doing what you can to make someone’s day a little brighter, book by book.

“You can be nice without spending a penny of your money with a lot of sadness and scary things going on in the world right now and kids scared to go to school, we can all work together to do little things with very little effort or energy to put a smile on the face and give some hope,” said Kristina.


Shawnrea Thomas is an anchor and investigative reporter for KGUN 9. Shawndrea is living her dream as a journalist passionate about making a difference. Share your story ideas and important issues with Shawndrea by sending an email [email protected] or by connecting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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