Supervisor Bill Reilich recently announced the town of Greece will compose a webpage on the town website that residents can use as a reference to find Free Little Libraries in the community.
This decision came after receiving positive community feedback and support regarding the temporary placement of a Free Little Library at Greece Community and Senior Center before its permanent installation at Spray Park in 2018.
Reilich asks residents to take photos and send in location information for Free Little Libraries around the community, which creators can post on the website. Get permission from the owner before each submission. Reilich encourages neighborhoods and local businesses who want to construct their own Free Little Library to participate and notify the town, so the information can be shared with residents.
The concept of a Free Little Library is that families and children get a book and also drop off books that they have already read for someone else to enjoy. It is set up so people can keep the books, pass them along and/or share them as a community; no one is ever required to return the books, and it in no way replaces opportunities to borrow books from Greece Public Library.
“Our library director and library staff are always supportive of any initiative that works to instill the love of reading,” Reilich said. “As you know, our library buildings provide an opportunity for you to borrow so many books both physically, in the library or electronically as part of our e-books subscription. You can also borrow videos and, of course, there are numerous programs to take advantage of. This Free Little Library initiative I believe is another way to instill a love of reading no matter where you are, and that path may just bring you into one of our libraries to explore even more.”
The Free Little Library on Town Hall’s campus, modeled after Greece Town Hall, was built by department of public works staff using leftover materials from town jobs. The materials used in building the model included plywood, roofing shingles, oil-based paint and Lexan plastic for the see-through doors.
“We have received such wonderful feedback from Greece residents about our Free Little Library,” Reilich said. “I take resident feedback very seriously, and when some mentioned that they would be interested in a reference sheet for other Free Little Libraries around the community, I looked into what could be done. I am happy to report that we will be creating a link on our webpage for residents to locate other Free Little Libraries around the community. I would like to encourage all Greece residents and local community businesses to send pictures and locations of the Free Little Library in their area to the town of Greece, so we can upload them to the webpage.”
Photos can be uploaded to Reilich’s Facebook page. Once received, the town will start to compile the information to share with the community.