Macon County high school juniors and seniors, many of whom are fulfilling requirements for Bridge Builders Alabama, meet every other Tuesday night at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Highway 81 between Notasulga and Tuskegee. Auburn University undergraduates work alongside them, as they develop skills related to life, work, and college. The program is funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
By Beth Givens, undergraduate mentor
Artist and curator for Troy University Montgomery Rosa Parks Museum Dan Neil, AU landscape architecture professor Jocelyn Zanzot, and AU interior architecture professor Kevin Moore joined us again to work on the next step in designing the Little Free Libraries. In two previous meetings, students worked with them to sketch ideas and discuss locations for the libraries. Three designs had been settled on: a ladybug library, a glass house library, and a pavilion library.
At this meeting, the libraries started to take shape in the form of models. Students worked with Dan, Jocelyn, and Kevin to construct models of the libraries using cardboard, tape, rulers, and cutting utensils. Students learned about scale, especially when they realized that in real life, the model they had built would be 19 feet tall! Not quite a “little” library. It is exciting to see this project progress, and students are looking forward to the day when they set up the actual libraries.