New birdhouse-like structures have popped up around the area. These four, small red and white houses perched atop wooden posts are not filled with birdseed, instead they are loaded with books. Known as Little Free Libraries, these houses encourage the community to “take a book, leave a book, or both.”
Judith Wines, Director of the RCS Community Library is a driving force behind the project she says, has taken a community to develop. Wines coordinated the implementation of the libraries with Director of Stars Intergen, Linda Bruno who had also been considering the project for the region.
Materials for the tiny buildings were purchased through a donation from Justin John Bonafide Bowling Tournament Scholarship funds and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk teacher Scott Peck and RCS students voluntarily build the houses. KC Contracting then donated the labor and materials to mount the libraries around the community in October and November.
Wines hopes now that the libraries are in place, they will continue to build community relations and inspire creativity through the stories traded between the libraries.
“The staff of the RCS Community Library has worked tirelessly to build a relationship with the school district and the entire RCS community,” RCS Assistant Superintendent Brian Bailey said. “The Little Free Libraries and similar efforts have continued to inspire a love and excitement for reading in both young and old. We are so grateful for their continued outreach.”
Bailey and Wines have been pleasantly surprised by the response to the project, noting within two weeks the libraries already had a new influx of books. Some of the turnover, Pieter B bus drivers have seen, is from students taking advantage of the libraries, grabbing stories to read during their bus ride.
Community members can “take a book, leave a book, or both” at any of the four locations including Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School, the Little Red Schoolhouse, Coeymans Landing and Breckenridge Mobile Home Park.