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"Steal" That Book! Roxbury Hotel Gets a Return-Optional 'Little Library'

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L-R are Will Porter, library director; Patti DeFilippis; Jen Wasek, board president; and Tracy Baltz, board member. Credits: Jeanette Carey
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ROXBURY, NJ – Glare makes it tough to read a computer, tablet or smartphone while basking in the sun poolside. That’s never a problem with books, and now guests at the Quality Inn in Ledgewood can see the difference.

The hotel, which has an outdoor pool, will soon get crates of books that can be borrowed, and even kept, by patrons. The book selection, dubbed a “Little Library,” will be provided by the Roxbury Public Library as part of its “REACH Initiative,” according to the library. REACH stands for “Relax, Educate, Advocate, Connect, Harmonize,” the library said in a press release.

“We are excited to provide reading material for residents and guests of the hotel” said Patti DeFilippis, chairwoman of the library REACH Initiative sub-committee. “We also hope it brings awareness of the library,” she added.

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The library said REACH “is designed to ‘reach’ the residents of Roxbury in diverse ways to offer library benefits around town.”.

The sign above the book crates will say, “Borrow, Return, Exchange, or Not!” That means the library doesn’t care if somebody falls in love with a selection and takes it for keeps. “The books will be replenished by the Library Board or with donations from the public as needed,” it said.

As an Eagle Scout project, Boy Scout Hunter Webber of Troop 159 in Succasunna is completing three Little Libraries in conjunction with the REACH Initiative, according to the library. Webber’s book collections will be placed in several locations, including the Horseshoe Lake complex, Kiwanis Park and the new Landing Park, said the library.

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