The Village of Rye Brook and The BRIDGE School at the Cerebral Palsy Center of Westchester (CPW) are excited to host the grand opening of a Little Free Library in Pine Ridge Park on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 1pm. The ceremony is open to the public. Social distancing and mask rules will be in effect at the park, which is located off Mohegan Lane in Rye Brook.
Children’s book author Leslie Kimmelman will be joining local officials, BRIDGE School students and staff, park staff, friends, and families at the May 18th ceremony (which should last 30-45 minutes). Please join us and feel free to bring a children’s book to donate!
For those not familiar with the program, Little Free Library is a nonprofit agency that “builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries. Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.” It is a fantastic, free, book exchange program in a small library “box” placed on a post that can include opportunities to “take a book-leave a book” for both youth and adults.
For several years, the Village has had a goal of putting a Little Free Library in this park. So, when CPW approached Rye Brook’s Administrator Chris Bradbury about a high-school student at CPW’s BRIDGE School wanting to build a Little Free Library as part of his Senior Project, the town became excited about this partnership and the opportunity for residents to learn more about CPW’s BRIDGE School. The student’s name is Elijah Roberts, who graduated from the BRIDGE school last year and is now attending a college program. After a few COVID-related delays, and with the help of CPW’s adaptive Scout troops, support from the Mid-Westchester Elks, and funding from local residents, the Library has now been completed and is being installed in Pine Ridge Park for a ceremony to be held on May 18th at 1pm. Please join us!
Rye Brook Mayor Paul Rosenberg remarks, “We believe that putting a Little Free Library near the playground in this park is ideal as parents can read a book while the children are playing, kids can read a book to relax, and/or parents can read with their kids in the park. It will be available to anyone of all ages who visits this active park.”
For more information about the event, contact Tia Levinson at email@example.com, or 914.937.3800 ext. 353.