Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Four More 'Little Free Libraries' to Be Added in Easton

Books at the Little Free Library owned and maintained by West Ward
attorney Ed Shaughnessy. The Little Free Library is a world-wide non-profit
initiative that fosters a “take a book, return a book” philosophy, allowing
community members to share their favorite literature. The library boxes
are hand-crafted structures that contain constantly changing
collections of books donated and shared by people of all ages
and backgrounds.
Four new Little Free Libraries will be unveiled this Saturday at 10 a.m. on Centre Square, bringing the total number in the City of Easton to five.

The four new libraries, which will allow people to take a book or leave a book for others to enjoy and share, were constructed by brothers Sam and John Borick of Boy Scout Troop #44 of Bushkill Township and Cub Scout Pack #88 of Nazareth respectively.

According to a media release from the Easton Main Street Initiative (EMSI), the brothers wanted to work together on a project, which will count towards community service requirements for their troops and badges. They built all four library enclosures, and painted one of them.

The remaining three have been decorated by local artists Tom D’Angelo, Marya, and Larry Keiper.

Costs for three of the library boxes were covered by Crayola, and the fourth was paid for by private donations from the Arts Community of Easton and artist Marya in memory of Eastonian Mary Spats.

After the dedication ceremony on Saturday, the libraries will be placed at Centre Square, Scott Park, Riverside Park and outside the Fowler Literacy Center at 200 Ferry St.

There is additionally one already existing Little Free Library in Easton's West Ward neighborhood, at the corner of South Eighth and Lehigh streets, owned and maintained by attorney Ed Shaughnessy in honor of his high school English teacher Janet Heller.

The four new Little Free Libraries will be maintained by the EMSI. Once installed, the new libraries will be officially registered and placed on the Little Free Library website map, along with other approximately 15,000 that exist worldwide, EMSI said.

For more about the Little Free Library project, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org

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