Open to All: Design Thinking Workshop for Little Free Library

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank reads the book, "The Little Red Hen," to children at the School of Human Ecology

We’re bringing a Little Free Library to One City Learning in Madison, and we need YOUR HELP!  Having opportunities to read, learn, and be curious are all extremely important for child development and family well-being.

Please consider joining us for a 

Design Thinking Workshop

Thursday March 22nd

5:30-7:30 in Room 3115 – Nancy Nicholas Hall.

At this workshop, we we will work in teams to design a Little Free Library using input from focus groups with families at One City. The workshop is free, open to all, and will result in several tangible prototypes to be contenders for the final product.

This is a perfect opportunity to contribute to your community, collaborate with students across departments, learn skills in design thinking, and advance the vision of 1SOHE. If you’d like to learn more about the importance of reading and books on the development of young kids, please see the information at the bottom of this post

In order to make sure we have enough materials, RSVP for the event below:

Please contact Graduate Students Dayana Kupisk ( or Carolyn Liesen ( with any questions

See you there!


Reading aloud to young children is essential for healthy development. The period from birth to age five is considered an especially critical time for book reading, as it creates a foundation for early language development. Reading books aloud to preschool-aged children is associated with growth in vocabulary, language skill, emergent literacy, and overall academic success. According to the most recent Nation’s Report Card, only about one third of fourth- and eighth-grade children are reading at a proficient level. Based on these findings, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all parents read aloud with their children daily, not only to support early brain development, but to build parent-child relationships as well. However, not all children are read to every day. Only 57% of children aged 0 to 8 years of age are read to on a daily basis. Furthermore, research has suggested that the number of books in the home influences academic achievement, with the presence of as little as 25-50 books enhancing test scores by up to a grade level. This enhancement is greatest for families from lower income levels, where each additional book has the potential to impact school performance. Given the significant impact books can have on academic and social success for kids, we believe enhancing access to these resources, with a focus on curiosity and engagement, is an ideal way to promote the mission of SoHE. Additionally, registration of a Little Free Library specifically will allow us to be registered with the organization and visible on the website for parents who may be looking for books nearby.

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