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Sharing the joy of reading

Bethlehem sisters create mobile school libraries

FREEMANSBURG, Pa. - A pair of Bethlehem sisters have turned their passion for a good book into something that's catching on with their classmates.

Kiara Laureano and her sister, Madison, have made it easier for classmates to get a book in their hands by creating portable libraries.

The girls' bedroom is full of books, and inspiration struck one day when they were on Pinterest looking at libraries for homes.

"But then I came up with, 'Why don't we decorate it and put it in schools?'" Kiara Laureano said, adding that her sister suggested putting it on wheels so they could be moved around the school.

The girls' father reconfigured a doll house to hold books that the girls donated from their personal collection. After the girls added decorations, they delivered it to their school, Freemansburg Elementary.

The second portable library went to Clearview Elementary School, and the girls want to build 14 more - one for every elementary school in the Bethlehem Area School District.

"Because we want kids to read all day long and build a sense of community," Kiara Laureano said.

And students have the option of keeping the books they choose from the lending library. In order to get these portable libraries in the other schools, the girls hope to receive donations of books, materials and gift cards.

If you'd like to help, contact their mother, Michelle Negron, at 484-554-1155 or

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