The NFRC Expands Local Outreach &
Builds Little Free Libraries (LFL)
Eagle Scout Helps Build Little Free Libraries
Niagara Frontier Reading Council dedicated a Little Free Library on October 14th at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 1135 Oliver Street in North Tonawanda. It was a collaborative effort between NFRC, Alice Pfonner from St. Mark’s, and Duncan Metlak, as his Eagle Scout Project.
Duncan is a Life Scout in Troop 229 out of Thomas Edison Elementary School in Tonawanda, led by Scoutmaster Christopher Antholzner. He is a senior at North Tonawanda High School and an Honor Student in the Welding program at Niagara Orleans BOCES. His plan after high school is to continue his training in welding at Niagara County Community College, earning an Associates in Applied Science degree. He planned, organized, and had the Little Free Library built and installed that will serve as a resource for the Gratwick section of North Tonawanda.
As a young boy, Duncan was intimidated by chapter books. When he discovered Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Duncan managed to overcome his dislike for reading. He went on to read other chapter books and has been an avid reader ever since. When a request to build Little Free Libraries was received by the Troop, Duncan saw this as a chance to provide kids like him the opportunity to see the world through reading.
NFRC First Little Free Libraries
The first NFRC's first Little Free Library (LFL) was installed at the Pendelton Town Hall on December 13, 2017. The project leaders were long-time NFRC members Renny Staples and Judy Bradbury. The Lockport Rotary sponsored the LFL that was installed on Washburn St. at the Imagine Community Gardens in Lockport. Paul Lyons generously donated his time and talented carpentry skills to build the LFLs. A special thank you to all involved. Click here to read a news article about the project.
Check out our LFL Outreach page to learn more about this ongoing NFRC Outreach program, or visit the Little Free Library website to learn more about this project! If you're interested in making a donation for materials or if you would like to volunteer your time and build one for the NFRC, please let us know!
Photos by Joed Viera
Staff Photographer for the Lockport Union
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