Rotary Club installs Little Free Library in downtown area

(Left to right): Rotary Club of Flushing members Andrew Schmidt, John Gault, Darwin Scherba and Matt Catlin and installed the Little Free Library in Cornwell Park on Jan. 21. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Flushing

(Left to right): Rotary Club of Flushing members Andrew Schmidt, John Gault, Darwin Scherba and Matt Catlin and installed the Little Free Library in Cornwell Park on Jan. 21. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Flushing

FLUSHING — Flushing families have a new way to access and donate books in town, thanks to the efforts of the Rotary Club of Flushing and community partners.

On Jan. 21, Rotary Club members installed a Little Free Library in Cornwell Park at the southwest corner of Cherry and Main streets in downtown Flushing, adjacent to Kathy’s 126 Restaurant & Lounge. The Little Free Library is based on a “take a book, leave a book” system, in which people can select a book from the stand and leave one of their own for others to read. This service will be free of charge for all members of the Flushing community and will not incur any costs to the city.

The library, which is part of the Rotary Club of Flushing’s school age literacy initiatives, was created in collaboration with area Rotary clubs, the local Rotary District and Flushing Community Schools. While it has been initially stocked with books for students in grades K-7, the library will also feature various titles and genres for adults.

The Rotary Club will maintain and manage the stock of books at the Little Free Library and club member Matt Catlin will be storing the books for the library in his warehouse at Future Engineering.

More information on the Little Free Library program and network is available at littlefreelibrary.org. B.G.