Boy Scout Builds Little Library at Fishkill Plains Elementary School

Posted by Deborah See on 11/30/2021 12:15:00 PM

Little LibraryA Little Library opened in front of the Fishkill Plains Elementary School! It looks like a big birdhouse, but it's filled with bright and cheerful books.   Little Libraries will be springing up on school grounds in our area--they are part of the AAUW Inc. Poughkeepsie Branch's community outreach program, Leading to Reading.  The project supports local literacy programs and distributes books and reading materials throughout our area.   

The house was designed, funded, and built by Richard LaGuardia as part of his Eagle Scout project.  Richard is a senior at Arlington High School and a member of Troop 275, led by Mr. Blaise Blabac.  With help from his father, Mr. Richard LaGuardia, the box was installed on Veteran’s Day.  Ms. Amy Fazio, school principal, provided help and enthusiastically cheered him on. Children from the school will decorate the structure, and families can visit the library at any time and keep or borrow any of the books.

Boxes will be maintained by Leading to Reading project members.  Books are provided by AAUW and through collaboration with the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

Future plans include installations at several Wappingers Central School District schools as well as Astor Early Childhood Centers.

Further information is available on the AAUW website or by contacting initiative.aauw.poughkeepsie@gmail.com.