Design Lower Saucon Township’s Next Little Free Library!

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Lower Saucon Township is building a second Little Free Library and they need your help designing it.

The township’s Little Free Library program was initiated in late 2017 in Polk Valley Park, where a library kiosk designed by Parks & Recreation Board member Tom Butera with materials donated by Spirk Brothers Inc. was installed near the pavilion and playground there (see photo, below).

The Little Free Library program encourages residents to read according the philosophy of “give a book, take a book.”

Following the success of the Little Free Library in Polk Valley Park, the township has decided to build a second Little Free Library in Steel City Park, which is located at 2122 Riverside Drive, Bethlehem.

The township is holding a design contest for the library to engage the community.

Designs must show a minimum of two angles, one depicting the front and one depicting the side of the library, which must be able to hold at least 36 books and fit atop a 4×4 post. It must also be weatherproof. Themes relating to books, reading, Lower Saucon Township or Steel City are preferred.

Design contest participants must live within the Saucon Valley School District. If you would like to participate, send your design to no later than Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Submissions will be evaluated by the Parks and Recreation Board. A finalist will be chosen by township council. Construction and installation of the winning design will be handled by the township. All submissions may be kept on file by the township for future use.

According to their website, Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. More information can be found here.

Several Little Free Libraries are located on private property throughout the township. Others can be found in parks in Hellertown borough.

More information about the township’s design contest can be found here.

Little Free Library

Credit: Lower Saucon Township

The Little Free Library in Polk Valley Park, Lower Saucon Township (FILE PHOTO).

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