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Odessa High unveils Little Family Library on campus

Literacy continues to be one of ECISD’s priorities. On February 5, Odessa High School dedicated its Little Family Library, using an empty space near the school’s old auditorium. It is now a welcoming area with more than 200 new books, framed posters and the Little Free Library sign done by teachers, and an original mural painted by three OHS students.

How this special place on the OHS campus came to be is a story almost three years in the making. As a Teen Parent Related Service homebound teacher, Hortencia Del Bosque worked with the Education Foundation of Odessa to begin the Early Literacy Jumpstart program providing books to students she served. Since then she has continued with book donations through Donors Choose and book drives at OHS and Permian High School, enough to stock and restock about two dozen little free libraries throughout ECISD and Odessa. This need for books for all ages was the inspiration for OHS’s Little Family Library.

OHS faculty and students jumped into support this. In fact, the OHS National Honor Society campus-wide book drive brought in more than 1,000 new and used books. With the opening of this Little Family Library, students and staff will be able to collect books for themselves, a child at home, sibling or parent. Donations are welcomed at any time.


2 students looking at books on the shelf   3 students in front of the new mural