DURYEA — Last October, Lois Komensky introduced the Little Free Library to her community at a council meeting.
Now the idea has found a home in the borough.
Komensky contacted students from the Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical Center and asked them to make a structure to hold books.
“The students built it for us and delivered it, and now Pittston Memorial Library is going to donate used children’s books and in it they’re going to put, ‘Now that you’ve been to the little library come see the big library.’”
The box will be maintained by Komensky and hold children’s books, which will available to the public without a library card or the consequence of late charges. Komensky explains the Little Free Library allows people to borrow or take a book if they want one and leave one if they have one.
According to littlefreelibrary.org, the boxes are way to help “build a sense of community.” There are over 36,000 boxes worldwide and about 9.3 million books exchanged annually.
“There’s one person who had an idea that came to flourish,” said Komensky.
The Duryea Little Free Library sits inside the borough building for now, but it is constructed to withstand the outside elements. “They did a wonderful job,” said Komensky. “It was a good project for the students.”
“As you can see it is very well built,” said Mayor Keith Moss.
The plan is to find a suitable place for it in the community. “I think it’s good tool, to have a place outside,” said Moss. ”I’d like to put it right in front of the borough building.”
The many boxes throughout the country come in all shapes, sizes and colors and are a creative way to spruce up the neighborhood while promoting literacy. According to Komensky, when the Little Free Library is placed and registered through the website, it will be added to an app with all the other Little Free Libraries, which will guide the public right to it.
As of now in the Greater Pittston area there is only one Little Free Library.
“I hope there will be more of them,” said Komensky. “Anybody who is handy could really do one of these.”
For more information, building plans and to check out some other Little Free Library structures around the world, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.
Nathan L. Boyer is an intern for the Sunday Dispatch and can be reached at 570-655-1418.