Chatham Boy Scout Planning to Build Lending Libraries

Peter Duffy plans to model his lending library after the one located on Coleman Avenue near the bridge path to Milton Avenue School Credits: TAP Chatham
Lending library and bench on Coleman Avenue built by homeowners that Boy Scout Peter Duffy plans to use as a model for his Eagle Scout project Credits: TAP Chatham
Matt Wagner and Troop 8 Boy Scout Peter Duffy explain his lending library idea to the Chatham Borough Council Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Boy Scout Peter Duffy wants to share his love for books with parents and children he sees walking around town.

Duffy presented his idea to build two lending libraries and place them in strategic positions around Chatham so that people can stop and read to their children. The Borough of Chatham Council was receptive to the plan presented at its regular meeting Monday night. Finding the optimum spots in town for the Eagle Scout project seem to be the only question at this point.

"I noticed that between 8 a.m. and 12 in the morning, there are a lot of people with strollers walking with kids," Duffy said. "I know that I loved books since I was a kid - I'm reading four books right now - and I think it would be great for people to stop on their walks and read a book."

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Duffy, a member of Boy Scout Troop 8, was inspired by the lending library built by the property owners on Coleman Avenue, near the entrance to the footbridge and path to Milton Avenue School.

"I've seen a lot of people waiting to pick up children from school sitting and using that one quite a bit," Duffy said.

Troop 8 Boy Scout Peter Duffy explains his plans to build lending libraries to the borough council 

"It's sort of like a living system," Duffy said. "If a parent likes a book for their kid, they can take it home. But if they have a book that's just lying around their house, they can donate it to the public library slip it into one of these libraries."

The Chatham Train Station and Shepard Kollock Park are two of the places being considered for placement of the lending libraries.

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