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New Town Boards Approve Little Library
Posted on February 1, 2020 7:00 AM by June Dawkins
Categories: Life in New Town
The New Town Architectural Review Board (ARB) and Residential Advisory Board (RAB) have approved an application by the Book Clubs of New Town to install a Little Library in the Residential section of our community.  The concept is that a resident can contribute a book to pass on and another resident can take it and/or put in a book of their own.  Books that fit in the box for all reading levels will be accepted.
The first Little Library was put up in Hudson, WI in 2009.  This one library grew into the Little Free Library organization, a non-profit with more than 90,000 libraries in 91 countries by August of 2019. They sell kits for organizations that do not want to construct their own.  Many more such libraries have been erected individually by homeowners and communities.  The New Town Commercial section currently has a one in the parking lot behind Iron Bound Gym.
The new Little Library will be installed on the Elizabeth Davis Boulevard green across from the other Residential amenities, the Pool and the Playground in Charlotte Park, so as not to encroach on individual property or VDOT street strips.  The design will be consistent with the architectural standards of surrounding homes. It is being sponsored by the members of the Book Clubs and constructed and installed by volunteers.   
Keep up with the Crier, as progress is reported in the coming months.
Comment By: Jude Marston
Posted on February 1, 2020 9:14 AM

Thrilled to hear this!! Thank you for all you efforts to make this happen.
Comment By: Kathleen Lesnevich
Posted on February 2, 2020 9:46 AM

Like the concept but not the location. It will alter the esthetics of the park. Why not behind the pool where parking is available. People parking on ED near the pool is already a problem for residents, and no,people don’t walk.

REPLY: Thank you for your comment! The intention is for the Little Library to be visible in the community. It's for all residents, not just book club members and pool patrons. The approved design blends with the site and meets New Town's architectural and design standards. Other sites were considered but it was felt that placement at the pool would reduce its visibility and diminish its viability and use.

Last Edited: 02/24/2020 at 09:30 PM
Comment By: Rebekah Roberts
Posted on February 20, 2020 10:18 PM

Thanks for seeing this through! All ages will benefit.