Instead of “take a penny, leave a penny,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino invites residents to “borrow a book, return a book!” Today, the Supervisor unveiled Hempstead Town’s own “Little Library Box” that will be chock-full of books and stationed across town parks, beaches and pools. With participating libraries being represented by their closest box, the initiative will stimulate literacy and encourage residents to visit and re-visit their local library. Joining the Supervisor for the novel announcement was Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne Sr., Oceanside Library Trustee Tommy Beirne, Representative Tony Iovino and Head of Children’s Services Chris Marra.
“Libraries are a key component to the character of any community,” said Santino. “Hempstead Town is proud to be home to an abundance of tightly-knit communities with their public libraries at the heart of each one. Partnering with local libraries to deliver an excellent literary service to our residents will promote the practicality of libraries while sharing the special kind of entertainment that only a book can offer.”
Using in-house labor and materials from Hempstead Town’s Carpentry Shop, the Supervisor will be rolling out over fifteen little library boxes. Each box will contain an eclectic array of books that will appeal to children and adults alike. Whether you’re reading to your kids or reading to yourself, Hempstead Town’s little library boxes will always have something in stock.
The menagerie of books was donated by participating local libraries and Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology. If you wish to donate extra books to the little library box at your local park or pool, please bring them to the front desk of the intended park. In the occasion of overflow, park administration will keep a collection of books and replenish the displayed books on a daily basis.
“The little library initiative is an excellent and practical way to promote the resourcefulness of local libraries while also providing our residents with a little extra entertainment at our parks and pools,” said D’Esposito.
Participating libraries include West Hempstead, Levittown, East Meadow, East Rockaway, North Bellmore, Oceanside, Uniondale, Baldwin, Seaford, Elmont and more. Be on the lookout for a little library box coming to a park near you!
“I am excited to help station little library boxes across Hempstead Town and encourage our residents to take advantage of their wonderful public libraries,” said Dunne.
Little library boxes will be located at the following beaches, pools and parks:
· Oceanside Pool, Oceanside
· Echo Park, West Hempstead
· Levittown Hall, Hicksville
· Veterans Memorial Park, East Meadow
· Hewlett Point Park, Bay Park
· Newbridge Road Park, Bellmore
· Shell Creek Park, Island Park
· Harold Walker Park, Lakeview
· Smith Street Park, Uniondale
· Uniondale Park, Uniondale
· Coes Neck Park, Baldwin
· Baldwin Park, Baldwin
· Seaman’s Neck Park, Seaford
· Averill Blvd Park, Elmont
· Rath Park, Franklin Square
“Now there’s even more of a reason to get out and enjoy a Hempstead Town park, pool or beach,” concluded Santino. “Nothing beats the warmth of the summer sun, the smell of the fresh outdoors and the comfort of a good book.”