United Way to install ‘Little Free Libraries’

NASHUA – In partnership with BAE Systems, P&L Landscaping, the Nashua Public Library, and Reeds Ferry Lumber, United Way of Greater Nashua is planning to install eight new “Little Free Libraries” on Sept. 26.

This program began in Nashua in 2017 with the installation of seven libraries. Each library has books which are provided by the “Friends of the Nashua Public Library,” which members of the public can take from one of the locations, with no reservations and at no cost. People can also leave a book, if desired.

United Way President Mike Apfelberg said the program’s purpose is to “promote community through literacy and reading.”

“We are so excited for this great partnership and the opportunity to continue promoting literacy in our community,” he added.

Each library will be strategically located in an area known as a “book desert,” meaning it is a significant distance from the Nashua Public Library.

Locations set to receive units include:

 Pheasant Lane Mall by Dick’s Sporting Goods,

 Revive Recovery on Main Street,

 behind the Nashua City Hall,

 Lajoie Field near the Boys and Girls Club,

 Roby Park,

 Atherton Park,

 Lincoln Park near the entrance to Mine Falls Park, and

 Thornton Park behind Nashua Community College.

The way the project works, BAE Systems, NPL, and United Way share the cost of the units, while the NPL provides the books, Reeds Ferry Lumber provides some of the supplies such as cement, and P&L Landscaping helps with the digging of the holes to install the units. A group of volunteers from BAE will perform the installation.

“Our employees are eager to volunteer for this activity year after year to support the communities where they live and work,” BAE spokesman Paul Roberts said. “This kind of volunteerism is central to BAE Systems’ support of our local areas. We are excited to be partnering once again with the United Way of Greater Nashua to bring more Little Free Libraries to Nashua.”

Also, an all-volunteer crew of “Little Free Library Stewards” will keep the units stocked and maintained throughout the year.

For more information about United Way, one can visit the organization’s website at www.unitedwaynashua.org.