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CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – An international effort to encourage literacy is coming to North Iowa.
“I like fantasy books and history. It’s very relaxing just to sit and read a book.”
High school senior Nick Chizek has a lengthy list of his favorite book and now he’s helping others in the community discover their own favorites.
Nick said, “It was awesome just finally all that hard work paid off.”
Nick designed and constructed the little library house in the Central Gardens of North Iowa from start to finish.
Clear Lake Library Director, Jean Casey, says she’s excited to see it finally open for business.
Casey said, “It’s a free exchange, anyone from the community or visitors to Clear Lake can come, they can pick a book, they can donate a book.”
The take a book give a book program is actually an international effort to get people reading and engaged.
Casey said, “It’s just a gateway to so much, to learning, to employment to understanding the world.”
Nick took on the project last spring as part of the requirements to become and Eagle Scout.
The design his all his own and he had some help with the actual construction. He says seeing the final product is extremely rewarding.
He said, “My favorite part was seeing my drawings come to life. It was just so cool when I looked at my piece of paper and looked at the project and it just looked pretty much exactly the same.”
Nick carefully thought out each detail on the butterfly house and though there’s a lot to appreciate, both he and Jean agree on their favorite feature.
Casey said, “I like that we have sections for the books for grownups and for kids.”
Since the books are out in the open, many might wonder how the system will be monitored and protected from possible theft, but Jean simply trusts that people will be respectful.
“You can’t steal a free book, so we just don’t worry about that.”
The two are hoping the project will catch on quickly so that everyone will be able to enjoy the wonderful world of books.
The toughest part for Nick though will be saying goodbye to his project.
“It was almost hard leaving it to the library, because I’ve worked on it so long.”