Derek Herrick, left, and students, including Joseph Adams and James Weir, have been building the boxes. (Staff photo by  Brett Eppley/beppley@madisoncourier.com)
Derek Herrick, left, and students, including Joseph Adams and James Weir, have been building the boxes. (Staff photo by Brett Eppley/beppley@madisoncourier.com)
Students in Derek Herrick’s introduction to construction class at Madison Consolidated High School are working to complete their latest order: 20 Little Free Libraries.

The wooden boxes will be placed around Jefferson County as part of a continuing program from River Valley Reads, a nonprofit program operating under River Valley Resources. Supporting the program’s aim to promote literacy, for adults and young people, the boxes will serve as miniature libraries open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Books can be borrowed, kept or donated.

For the past two months, Derek Herrick and students have been building the boxes according to submitted plans and making minor adjustments to save on money and materials.

Just down the hall from Herrick’s workshop and classroom, students in Aaron Kelsey and Amy Vaughn’s art classes are painting the boxes before they’re placed. Kelsey’s students designed the boxes with literary themes such as Dr. Seuss, Alice in Wonderland, Goosebumps and Harry Potter. Students from other area schools also are painting the boxes.