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Posted on: April 12, 2016

Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders Announce Free Little Library Program in Woodland Park

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(Woodland Park, New Jersey) – At Woodland Park Borough Council meeting, Freeholders Pat Lepore and Sandi Lazzara presented a Little Free Library constructed by the Passaic County Department of Parks and Recreation. A little free library is a small box filled with books where a person can give a book or take a book. Passaic County is partnering with Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark, the Woodland Park Borough Council, and the Alfred E. Baumann Free Public Library to install the Little Free Library at the entrance of the Morris Canal Greenway in Woodland Park, near both the library and the municipal complex. The Board of Chosen Freeholders has plans to grow the Little Free Library Program to five more locations across Passaic County at parks, pedestrian and bike thoroughfares, and public spaces to encourage reading, beautify local communities, and promote literacy among our children.

“As we embark upon National Library Week there is no better time to announce this exciting new program being launched by the Board of Chosen Freeholders to encourage literacy and reading among our youth,” stated Freeholder Pat Lepore. “I want to thank Mayor Kazmark, the Woodland Park Council, and the leaders at our local library helping to make this endeavor a reality. We are actively seeking partners across Passaic County, and I hope in the near future we are announcing new little free libraries across our communities.”

The Little Free Library originated in 2009 in Wisconsin when Todd Bol built a model replica of a one room school house to pay tribute to his mother who was a teacher. It was filled with free books that friends, children, and neighbors could exchange. The “take a book, leave a book” model has spread to public places across the United States, including 29 states, with the goal of bringing communities together and exchanging good books to promote reading.

“This is a great new initiative in Woodland Park that can bring people together and accomplish the twofold goal of encouraging reading and attracting more residents to the Morris Canal Greenway,” stated Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark. “This is what cooperative and effective government looks like on the local and county levels. Together, we are getting things done to improve the quality of life for our residents and promote literacy and reading among our children. I want to thank the Board of Chosen Freeholders for starting this program and I look forward to taking part in the Little Free Library Program’s continued success in Woodland Park and Passaic County.”

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