Two MTSU honor societies are collaborating to spread the love of learning to a variety of locations.
Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa have initiated the Little Free Library program with its first storehouse of books available at the Ann Campbell Early Learning Center at 206 N. Baird Lane.
Users are free to borrow or take books as well as make contributions of books to the house-shaped, weather-resistant repository on the grass at the edge of the parking lot.
Members of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies celebrated the opening of the first Little Free Library at the Ann Campbell Early Learning Center on the MTSU campus Sept. 27. Pictured, from left, are ODK Chapter President Liam McBane, PKP Student Vice President Nathan Wahl, and PKP Vice President and President-elect David Foote, professor in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. (MTSU photo by Marsha Powers)
Representatives of both honor societies and the MTSU College of Education were in attendance at the ribbon-cutting for the first library Sept. 27.
Connie Casha, director of Early Learning Programs for the College of Education, said she was very excited to have the library on campus, explaining the importance of books to childhood development.
2) The first Little Free Library created by MTSU honor societies Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa is in place at the Ann Campbell Early Learning Center at 206 N. Baird Lane. (MTSU photo by Marsha Powers)
“We think about books as being windows or mirrors, windows into things that they can’t see immediately and mirrors being a reflection of what they already know,” Casha said.
Nathan Wahl, a PKP student vice president and a building services employee, helped construct the library, which includes both honor societies’ logos on the back. As youngsters from the learning center sampled the books, Wahl summed up the purpose of the library.
“I think this is what this library is all about, what you’re seeing right here, the opportunity for discovery,” Wahl said.
The next Little Free Library is planned for placement at the Child Development Center inside the Fairview Building on Greenland Drive.
For more information, contact Wahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phi Kappa Phi at https://www.mtsu.edu/pkp/contact.php.
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Children from the Ann Campbell Early Learning Center on North Baird Lane examine books at the Sept. 27 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first Little Free Library sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Pictured, from left, are Connie Casha, director of early learning programs for the MTSU College of Education; Liam McBane, ODK chapter president; and Nathan Wahl, PKP student vice president. (MTSU photo by Marsha Powers)
Children from the Ann Campbell Early Learning Center located on North Baird Lane observe the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first Little Free Library placement Sept. 27. Pictured, from left, are Connie Casha, director of Early Learning Programs for the College of Education; Liam McBane, Omicron Delta Kappa chapter president; Dr. David Foote, Phi Kappa Phi Vice President and President-elect and Jennings A. Jones College of Business professor; Nathan Wahl, PKP student vice president; and Sandra Campbell, PKP member and secretary for the Department of Psychology. (MTSU photo by Marsha Powers);