With the support of the Ambridge Rotary Club, Ambridge Area High School student Sean Miller built a little lending library for his senior project. It was installed in PJ Caul Park on 11th and Merchant Street on Wednesday April, 22 in downtown Ambridge.
“I enjoy woodworking,” Sean Miller said. “That’s what I want to do for my career, so I was glad I got to do something for my senior project that incorporated that. And I was happy because it helped the community too.”
Here you can take a book and leave a book. It’s a lending library that operates on a casual honor system. Local readers young and old are encouraged to use it.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony Ambridge Rotarian Co-President Carol Miloszewski quoted bestselling author George RR Martin, who is known for his fantasy series, "Game of Thrones. In A Dance With Dragons." He wrote, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
Ambridge Rotarian Co-President Kathy Page explained that the first known little lending library like this was created by Rotarian Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009. Since then, it has become a widely popular and internationally acclaimed phenomenon.
Page further explained that this lending library will be easily found via Google along with others like it. It is meant to provide easy access to shared reading material, and to help garner fellowship, friendship, and communication for those in the community who use it.
Ambridge Area High School student Chris Brooks, for his own senior project, has built a park bench to be installed next to Sean Miller’s lending library. It will be installed in the coming days.