Story by Lon Tytell
The American Eagles 4-H Club in Pine Island inaugurated a Little Free Library in the Stanley-Deming Park, located on Park Way and South St. in the Village of Warwick, on Sat., Oct. 22.
Fortunato Hroncich, a FDNY firefighter, father of Tatiana, a 4-H member, built the libraries at both Stanley-Deming Park and the Pine Island Park. The 4-H members chose a design after researching on the Internet as to how other Little Free Libraries were designed. They decided to create a box and paint it to resemble a barn which they felt reflected the Warwick area.
“I am proud to have been a part of this project and I hope that both of our Little Free Libraries will be enjoyed by our communities for years to come,” said Tatiana.
Maya Henderson, another 4-H member said, “I love the idea that we as a club have given young minds a chance to grow through reading.”
The 4-H members will be monitoring the libraries in both parks. Little Free Libraries are boxes that are placed in parks and other public places where children can borrow books for free. They can also take a book they like and keep it, if they bring another one to replace it.
“It was important for the kids to serve our community since the American Eagles 4-H has always been more of a community based club. Our members are all avid readers and this was the perfect way for our group to give something back to the community that would foster the love of reading, sharing, and giving,” said Tanya Hroncich, the leader of the 4-H club.
Local officials who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony were Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard and Village Trustee Bill Lindberg, who is also the liaison to parks in the Village.