Little libraries come to Antrim

  • Members of the Antrim Bennington Lions Club are in the process of assembling two book nooks that will offer a space for people to trade books in two locations in town.  Courtesy photo—

  • Select board members in Antrim met Monday, Dec. 3, 2016. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, December 08, 2016 7:0AM

Members of the Antrim Bennington Lions Club are constructing two book nooks that will be placed in different locations around town this spring.

The nooks are generally constructed in the shape of a house and are used to store books that anyone is able to take.

People who pull a book from the tiny library are encouraged to leave a book as well in an attempt to keep the shelf fully stocked, although it’s not a requirement.

“Everybody thought it was a good idea. The club thought it was a good idea,” said Sue Conklin, president of the Lion’s club.

She met with select board members during a regular meeting on Monday.

She said the group hopes to place one of the units on the south side of the town hall, and another at Gregg Lake for summer beachgoers.

“It will be a good place to trade books,” Conklin said.

Select board members said they would approve the placement of the mini-library at the town hall, subject to the code officer’s approval.

The board said the club would have to run the Gregg Lake location by the Recreation Department for approval.

The idea is a spinoff of a program incepted in 2009 called the Little Free Library. Since its creation, the small book exchanges have sprung up in communities across the country.

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Chief Scott Lester told Select Board members that the department is in need of a new vehicle.

Lester said the department would like to purchase a 2017 Dodge Charger to add to its fleet.

It estimated it would need $37,000 to completely outfit the vehicle, which would replace its current Chevrolet Caprice.

Lester said some of the equipment from the current vehicle can be saved and used to outfit the new cruiser.

The purchase would likely be presented as a warrant article at Town Meeting.

Select Board members will be traveling to Concord to attend SEC meetings and deliberations throughout the next week. Board members will attend meetings on Dec. 7, 9, and, if needed, on the 12th

Deliberations could result in approval or denial of a nine-turbine wind farm on Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain.

The board will reconvene for a regular meeting on Tuesday Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.