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During the month of April, the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (NASRCC) participated in a volunteer project to build Little Free Libraries throughout the Hudson Valley region in New York. Members of Carpenters Local 279 worked with Senator James Skoufis and community volunteers to build, place, and decorate Little Free Library book-sharing boxes at six locations in the 39th District.
Little Free Library is a free book exchange program that builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries. Little Free Library book-sharing boxes act as a 24/7 book exchange where readers are encouraged to share stories and expand their love of reading. Each year, millions of books are exchanged at over 100,000 little libraries worldwide.
“Giving back to the community is always rewarding, especially when we get to be a part of bringing Little Free Libraries to the area and expanding opportunities to access books for readers in the Hudson Valley. We are grateful to work with Senator Skoufis and many talented student volunteers on this project, and we look forward to seeing the finished book boxes throughout our district,” said Matthew Ross, Local 279 Council Representative.
Volunteers from Carpenters Local 279 including 20 apprentices designed and built the book boxes and bases at their Rock Tavern Training Center. The boxes were painted and decorated with literary scenes by Senator Skoufis and local students and interns. The finished Little Free Library boxes will be set up in Chester Community Park, Bowline Point Park, L Vern Allen Park, Chadwick Lake Park, Cluett Schantz Memorial Park, and at Jays Deli in Woodbury.