Date of release: September 13, 2018
Pictured: Little Free Library built by Patrick McHaney at the Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park.
This month, Patrick McHaney finished his Eagle Scout project which provides a book repository at three City of Paducah parks. The Little Free Libraries offer people a chance to choose a book to read, return it, and hopefully bring another book to share with the community.
When McHaney began planning his Eagle Scout project two years ago, he had a special person in mind, his grandmother who passed away in 2006. McHaney says, “My grandmother, Marion Fillmer, was a librarian in Marshfield, Missouri. She had a love for reading and how books can change, encourage, and open up the world to readers. I wanted to honor her with these little libraries."
McHaney and his father along with the help of other Scouts designed, built, and installed Little Free Libraries at the Pat & Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park, Robert Coleman Park, and Keiler Park in Paducah.
McHaney’s father, Jason, says, “Placing them in Paducah city parks puts books near families who might want to share books with their children or anyone who visits for outdoor activities. Borrowing a book to read while they are at the park, then returning it to the Little Library, is something a parent could do with their child."
City of Paducah Parks & Recreation Director Mark Thompson commented, “Eagle projects such as Patrick McHaney’s always seem to inject a new energy to the vibe of a park. In completing this project, he has impacted three distinct parks across our City. With his commitment to our community, Patrick has shown that the parks and recreation system is in good hands for years to come.”
The McHaney family hopes to keep the three libraries stocked with books for the next few months until the community fully supports the program. Donations of books can be left in the libraries at any time.
Patrick McHaney, a junior at McCracken County High School, is a scout in Troop 1 which is chartered by Grace Episcopal Church. In addition to scouting, McHaney is involved in theater at McCracken County High School and Market House Theatre.
Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization, inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. The Little Free Libraries movement was started in 2009 by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in Wisconsin. There are more than 75,000 registered Libraries in 88 countries. For more information about Little Free Library, visit https://littlefreelibrary.org/.