WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Wood-Ridge held a ribbon cutting and dedication on Thursday evening to celebrate its first Little Free LIbrary in the borough.

Spearheaded by the Wood-Ridge Public Education Foundation (WRPEF), the project was a year in the making. Members of the Foundation were joined by the Mayor and Council, Wood-Ridge Police Chief John Korin, Wood-Ridge Memorial Library Director Margaret Mellett, teachers from Bergen County Technical School in Paramus, and members of the community. Borough Council Presient Catherine Cassidy officially cut the ribbon.

The library was hand built by the Bergen Tech Green Building Trades students, the Little Free Library is located outside of Tot’s Playground, in Veteran’s Park on Valley Boulevard and Marlboro Road in Wood-Ridge. The group is planning to establish a second Little Free Library in the borough.

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Project coordinator Kris Amels thanked Timothy Regan and Mark Levy the Bergen Tech teachers, along with their students, for building the library. One of their students, Wood-Ridge resident Alec Maduro (whose mother, Marcella, is a WRPEF trustee) created the library's window etched with the WRPEF seal. Amels also thanked the Mayor and Council for greelighting the project, and Wood-Ridge Police Chief John Korin for "finding the perfect place for it."

The project began to come together when borough resident Richard Fallon put the WRPEF in contact with the Bergen Tech teachers, where his son attends. According to Levy, students created the library in the school shop from recycled skiffs.

Borough Council president Catherine Cassidy thanked the WR Public Education Foundation to bringing the little free library to the borough before officially cutting the ribbon. 

Wood-Ridge Public Education Foundation seeks to inspire and enrich both adult and children’s delight in reading, while adding an element of adventure by finding a new book in an unusual location.

“We created this Little Free Library to encourage a love of reading in our community, and to benefit our students. One Free Little Library at a time,” Sarah Malaniak, president of WRPEF.

The Wood-Ridge Public Education is accepting donations of books to stock the Little Free Library. To arrange a donation, contact Kris Amels via email at krisdrago@optonline.net

Little Free Libraries (https://littlefreelibrary.org/) is a nonprofit literacy initiative that "inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges.” According to the organization's website, there are more than 90,000 book-sharing boxes in 91 countries.

 

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