In February, our chapter received a thank-you letter from the executive director of the Stony Kill Foundation, for funding the “Little Free Library” project at three locations on the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) owned lands just north of Beacon. Our Mid Hudson Chapter gave $500 for the project, which was constructed by Girl Scout Chailyn Schroll last autumn.
The mission of the Stony Kill Foundation, Inc. is to develop environmental, educational and historical interpretive and outdoor recreation programs and events at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Center in Wappingers Falls. More than 10,000 people of all ages visit the farm each year to walk trails and gardens, and attend environmental-themed events, workshops, summer camp and field trips.
The “Little Free Library” project was originally proposed by DEC as a way to bring more people to the property by offering a unique learning concept. The libraries are located near the Stony Kill farm pond, the garden plots and the trailhead to the Woodland trail.
Books pertaining to hiking, gardening, cooking, nature, environmental studies, farm life and children’s books are housed in each library, encouraging visitors to take a book and leave a book. There are picnic tables and a newly constructed bench on the woodland trail where visitors can read while on the property.
Chailyn started the library project in September 2017 as part of her Gold Award. In addition to our chapter’s $500 donation, she raised additional money to fund building three libraries. She was able to construct the library using plans found online and secured additional labor from her Girl Scout troop, family and a carpenter. She also collected enough books to fill each library. Look for them the next time you are in the area to hike or ski the trails.
I love the LITTLE FREE LIBRARY idea. And I love the idea of involving the Girl Scouts.