Huntland library

Huntland School now has a Little Free Library on campus for the free exchange of books available for the use of the entire Huntland community. Members of the Huntland Interact Club donated $100 toward the project. The Tennessee Woodworkers constructed the box. Huntland art teacher Gary Sanson painted it and STEM students helped with installation. Pictured, from left, are Chris Morrison, STEM student; Trenton McCoy, STEM student; Jamie Michael, Interact president; Jake Crawford, STEM student; Tina Stevens, director of the Franklin County Library; John Hein, Friends of the Franklin County Library member and advisor for the library board; and Sanson.

The Huntland community now has a free library set up outside Huntland School to be used for exchanging books for all ages.

Members of the Huntland Interact Club first met with members of the Tennessee Woodworkers and the Franklin County Library in May 2020 to discuss acquiring the Little Free Library to place outside Huntland School.

Members of the Woodworkers constructed the box and, although not required, the Interact Club made a donation of $100 to the woodworking group to put toward the construction of other little libraries.

Huntland art teacher Gary Sanson creatively painted the exterior of the library to make it truly unique.

“The detail Mr. Sanson incorporated into the library’s artwork was simply amazing,” Principal Ken Bishop said.

From there, the Interact Club members used several coats of a marine polyurethane to seal the outside of the box.

In the fall, a grant was procured by the Huntland STEM class to design, build, and install the base for the new library.

In January, the STEM students participated in the installation of the library outside the school and it is now ready for area bookworms to enjoy.

“The hope is that this new resource will be of benefit to both the students of Huntland School and the members of the community,” Bishop said. “Books for all reading levels will be inside, as well as small take-home STEM kits for students.”