Monomoy provides students with easy access to books through free lending libraries
As part of a community-supported project to ensure that students from Chatham Elementary School have easy access to books when not in school, Monomoy Regional School District led a project to build and install free lending libraries for the youth in the community. The first of these little free libraries have been placed near the front office at the Lake Street Terrace Apartments in Chatham, to offer convenient access to books for the young people who live in that area. This was a true community project that was made possible completely by donations and volunteers, and we want to thank all of the organizations and businesses that supported it: members of the Chatham-Harwich Newcomers Club Woodworkers Group helped with plans and design work, and created and built the library boxes - many thanks to Steve Patzman, Wayne Glifort, project leader Mark Dennen, and the late Joe Linehan for their hard work and care building the library boxes; Shepley Wood Products donated all lumber and wood for the project; Baskins Ace Hardware donated nails, screws, knobs, plexiglass, and more; West Marine donated clamshell vents; Chatham Elementary School students and custodians painted the boxes and the custodial team helped with installation, and Principal Robin Millen was integral in encouraging the project; and the management at Lake Street Terrace Apartments welcomed our partnership and graciously allowed us to place the library box near their main office for easy and protected access to children and families. The volunteers and donors were so generous that we were able to create two boxes, and are deciding on the best location for the second box to be installed. Early literacy is such an important part of children's growth and development, and we are excited to help encourage a lifelong love of reading among young people in our community. Many thanks to all who made this important project a reality!