SUNY Potsdam home to North Country's first 'Little Free Library'
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 9:24 am

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam is now home to the North Country’s first “Little Free Library.”

In the lobby of the Frederick W. Crumb Memorial Library is a tiny shelf with selections of leisure reading for students, faculty, staff and community members to borrow and share.

The “take a book, leave a book” philosophy of the Little Free Library invites neighbors to find some leisure reading, then bring the book back or donate one of their own gently used titles for others to enjoy.

Crumb Library staff, who created the book exchange, hope that the Little Free Library will become a resource for the campus and the community.

“We envisioned it as a way for students to blow off steam with some light reading,” said SUNY Potsdam User Services Librarian Elizabeth Andrews. “There are thousands of Little Free Libraries across the country and even internationally, but ours is the first officially registered in St. Lawrence County, which we are very proud of!”

Since the cute little shelf took residence in the Crumb lobby across from the Satterlee Hall entrance, it has been popular with students and staff.

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To find out more about SUNY Potsdam’s Little Free Library, contact Andrews at 267-3309.