PATERSON, NJ - Santa’s workshop may be closed for the season but on Saturday dozens of volunteers descended upon Christopher Hope Community Center to help deliver something even more important that video games, toy cars, or baby dolls. 

The “collaborators” as the gathering’s coordinator, Talena Lachelle Queen, referred to them, worked throughout the day to assemble 21 Little Free Libraries that will be installed in parks across Paterson.

“Little Free Library” is a national movement that encourages individuals to share the love of reading, building and maintaining book lending boxes where residents are encouraged to donate and borrow.

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Queen, who first launched the initiative to in Paterson in 2017, thanked the workers for their “skills, resources, labor, and good company to make something spectacular. "

The energy, she said, "was high and positive.”

The Saturday effort will bring the city closer to Queen’s initial goal of having on Little Free Library in each of Paterson’s 44 parks by 2020.

Access to books is making a difference in neighborhoods across Paterson, Queen has previously told TAPinto Paterson. “People tell me about ‘their library’ – they feel ownership not only of the box and the books, but of the entire park.”

“We are transforming public spaces as well as building community around reading.”

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