Creating book-rich environments through community partnerships

DACLLP's steering committee members and Lions Club master builders volunteers are pictured with the first little library build of the event.

On April 30, the Doña Ana County Little Libraries and Pantries hosted its first Little Libraries & Pantries Community Mass Build. In partnership with Las Cruces de Noche Lions Club, Rotary Club of Las Cruces Rio Grande, Humana, and other organizations, we achieved our goal to build 40 little libraries/pantries with the support of our community.

Thanks to the NMSU Center for Community Analysis, we know that 34% of students in Doña Ana County are reading at grade level by third grade, with 66% of third-graders in the county performing below grade level (NMSU CCA, 2019). Developing a lifelong love for reading is directly linked to the number of books children have access to. Doña Ana County Little Libraries and Pantries-DACLLP have increased access to books and created book-rich environments by placing little libraries throughout our community.

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