NEWTON, NJ - Visitors to the Dennis Library Branch on Main Street in Newton were pleasantly surprised in September when four wooden benches and two planters filled with brightly colored mums appeared on the front patio.  These recent additions are the brainchild of Newton resident Kyle Penny, who developed and executed the idea as part of his application to become an Eagle Scout.

“When Kyle approached us with this idea, I was delighted,” remarks Library Branch Manager Mary Martin. “I spoke to the library administration and to the president of the Newton Library Association and we all agreed that this would be a great project. The front patio is pleasantly shaded by our big magnolia tree, so it is a great place to install benches for the use of library patrons and residents.”

Elaine Eberhart, President of the Newton Library Association, agreed. “We’ve been thinking of getting benches for the front patio for a while. We are so glad Kyle chose us as the recipient of his Eagle Scout project. The benches and planters are lovely.”   Lisa Rights, current treasurer of the Association and a longtime former staff member at Dennis, added, “The benches look so good! What a terrific job he did. I remember when he was just a kid and used to visit this branch with his family! I'm so happy to know he did this for the library as an Eagle Scout project.”

Kyle is currently a senior at Newton High School and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 85. He looks forward to completing high school and going to college, where he hopes to prepare for a career in law.