Visitors to Palm Beach County’s West Jupiter Recreation Center now have the opportunity to “give a book and take a book” from the newly-installed, vibrant and colorful Little Free Library located right outside the entrance of the Recreation Center.
Nicknamed “Mr. Scott’s Little Free Library” after maintenance worker Scott Lillian who’s undertaking the job of managing and upkeeping the Little Free Library, the former Palm Beach Post Newspaper box was transformed into a box that hosts a variety of books for all ages, from children to adults. The Little Free Library is currently stocked with titles that include “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Toning the Sweep” and “Facts of Life”.
“If their children are playing on the playground or in a program and they’re waiting for their children, they can sit and read and entertain themselves,” said Mr. Scott.
Kids and adults can take a book for free, and either bring it back for others to read, or leave a book of their own, to keep it stocked with a constant supply of books. The Little Library has two goals – to encourage literacy and reading, and to introduce parents and children to the recreation center.
There’s also a convenience factor in utilizing a Little Free Library. As Mr. Scott explained, “I find it to be great for children who can’t go to libraries, that it’s not local for them.”
There are also Little Free Libraries located at four additional Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation facilities – Westgate Recreation Center in West Palm Beach, West Boynton Recreation Center in Boynton Beach, the Therapeutic Recreation Complex located in John Prince Park in Lake Worth, and more recently, Lake Worth West Park.
This project is a result of a partnership with the Children’s Services Council and Leadership Palm Beach County, and is sponsored by The Palm Beach Post, Jupiter Signarama, ideabar, and W.M. Behn & Sons Boatbuilders.