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November 3, 2017

Little Free Libraries Program Grows in the City of Oswego

OSWEGO - Thanks to the City of Oswego's Common Council, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, the Oswego Public Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program and the Oswego County Health Department, there are two new Little Free Libraries in Oswego for children and families to enjoy. The new libraries are in Shapiro Park on Paloma Street, on Oswego's west side, and in the lobby of the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic at 70 Bunner St., on the east side.

Kristen Slimmer, youth activities coordinator for the City of Oswego, said the Shapiro Park library was built by the library's AmeriCorps staff person, Monica Kahler, and her husband, Greg, using donated materials. The Kahlers volunteered their time to build the library and the children of the summer reading program decorated it.

Slimmer said the County Health Department "graciously agreed to house a library in the lobby of the health clinic with the children and families that the health department serves in mind. This library is inside the building and is accessible year-round."

Little Free Libraries is a nationwide program with a mission to put books into the hands of children and adults, and promote literacy and the love of reading, by building free book exchanges. The program is coordinated through the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. The City of Oswego currently houses four other little free libraries in East, West, Breitbeck and Oak Hill parks.

People can visit any library whenever and as many times as they would like.

"You are free to take books home to enjoy," said Slimmer. "You are also able to leave any gently-loved and child appropriate books that you no longer care to keep. Libraries will be up and running as far into the year as the weather will allow."

The Little Free Libraries program accepts books in good condition. People who are interested in donating child- and family-friendly books may drop them off weekdays at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

For more information about the Little Free Libraries program, contact Slimmer weekdays at the youth bureau, phone 315-349-3575, or e-mail Kristen.Slimmer@OswegoCounty.com.

The Little Free Library in the lobby of the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego, was designed for children and families served by the Oswego County Health Department and is open weekdays year-round.

The new Little Free Library in Shapiro Park, on Oswego's west side, was built by AmeriCorps member Monica Kahler and her husband, Greg, and decorated by children in the Oswego Summer Reading Program.

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