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Habitat makes Little Free Library for The Westmoreland

A variety of books are available at the Little Free Library at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
A variety of books are available at the Little Free Library at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

A new source of reading material is available in Greensburg with the addition of a Little Free Library outside of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art at 221 N. Main St.

The book box, which opened earlier this week, is a collaboration with Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity.

The museum was approached by Habitat executive director Dan Giovannelli about placing the library on the museum property.

“This was just a fun idea we had, a creative, small way to give back to the community, because we’re building two houses in Greensburg this year,” Giovannelli says. “It was made out of materials we had on hand, and there’s actually another one in our office that is looking for a home.”

Habitat volunteers built the box from a design by the museum’s graphic designer, says Claire Ertl, the museum’s director of marketing and public relations.

The mini-library has been stocked with books supplied by members of the museum staff, with initial offerings including everything from children’s books to murder mysteries.

“The nice thing is that it’s at our north entrance where there’s a pull-in, so people don’t have to hunt around for a parking space,” Ertl says. The north entrance is on Park Street, opposite Greensburg Salem Middle School.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a love of reading, build community and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges. Book boxes operate on a “take a book, leave a book” principle. Information on purchasing a kit is available at .

The website notes that, as of November 2016, there were more than 50,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all 50 U.S. states and 70 countries worldwide.

The national Habitat for Humanity organization is a partner of Little Free Library.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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