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WVEA Member Builds Library with Students

Marshall-themed Little Free Library installed at Yeager Airport 
The Herald-Dispatch

May 14, 2021

Marshall University Libraries and the Cabell County Career Technology Center unveiled a Marshall-themed Little Free Library at Yeager Airport in Charleston on Thursday.

The kelly green, M-shaped library was created out of an idea by Kelli Johnson, associate university librarian at Marshall, who spotted a “take one — leave one” book cart at the San Diego airport while traveling.

“When Marshall announced the aviation program, I felt like it was perfect timing to once again showcase how Marshall University is committed to education and empowerment of the people of West Virginia,” Johnson said in a news release. “I wanted to show that learning has no boundaries.”

The library was created by students in Bret Masters’ building technology class at the CCCTC. Johnson said it was Johnny Bradley, supervisor of library operations at Marshall, who suggested reaching out to Masters in hopes he would be willing to take on the build with his class.

“I would like to say I love a challenge,” Masters said. “This project would be a challenge in itself with the designing, cutting of angles and the construction. However, this past year with everything going on, it has pushed the challenge to a whole different level.

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(Editor's Note: Bret Masters is a WVEA member in Cabell County.)