WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- Give a book, take a book; that's the concept behind "Little Free Libraries" popping up throughout the country. Now a Waterbury middle schooler wants to bring one to her city.
Sixth-grader Lilian Negron loves to read outside on her hammock, inside on the couch, or anywhere else, as long as she has a good book.
"It takes me to a whole other world when I am stressed about school and stuff," Lilian said.
The love of books inspired an idea to open a "little free library."
They have been popping up all over the country and in Connecticut.
Lilian and her mom want to build one in Waterbury.
"I just want everybody to read and be happy," Lilian said.
"I hope it creates a sense of community where anyone can use it, it doesn't matter if you live in our area or not, it doesn't matter what your age is," said Marisol Negron, Lilian's mother. "It's just a nice little avenue for us to recycle books, show our neighbors what we're reading, and also encourage children her age to read more."
Lilian wants to open a library because she already loans out a lot of her own books as it is. More importantly she says, she wants reading to help other kids as much as it's helped her.
Lilian had brain damage and hearing loss when she was born. Early in elementary school she was reading below grade level, but with lots of reading, she quickly jumped ahead of the class.
"Ever since then she hasn't put down the books," her mother said. "She's constantly reading."
And soon with a "Little Free Library" others will be reading and sharing books as much as Lilian does.
Lilian is still trying to raise roughly $300 for the project, but as the sixth-grader says, it's an easy sell.
"It's always open, it's never closed, and it's free," Lilian said.
To make donations or to learn how to help contact Marisol Negron at 203-706-9585.
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