by Lisa Tome
There was very little time spent pondering construction of Charlestown's new library branch.
After hearing a proposal for a town library about a month ago, town board members gave the go ahead. The branch opened for business Friday, May 26.
Charlestown is now participating in the worldwide network of more than 36,000 Little Free Libraries. The purpose of a Little Free Library is "To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations." The "branch" was installed adjacent to the post office on Market Street.
Debbie Myers is a clerk for the town. Her husband, Tim, who teaches Tech at Perryville High, built and installed the branch after it was supported by the board following the backing of board member Mary Carol Durange.
"It came up two or three weeks ago. Then it got voted on," said Charlestown town administrator Wib Pumpaly. Tim Myers wasted little time getting the work underway. He used recycled materials including shingles from the historic Cecil Inn, a well known town building.
Ray Greenblatt and his wife, Sue stumbled upon the new town addition while out on a walk. "We just discovered it," said Greenblatt. Greenblatt is a former English teacher. His wife is retired from her job as a university librarian. Sue Greenblatt said she has books that she'll add to the collection. They were thrilled that there's now a library of sorts nearby.
The way the Little Free Library system works, is that anyone can contribute or borrow a book. There are no library cards or membership requirements. The branch is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Charlestown will put Tim Myers' skills to work again in the near future. He also signed on to build an honor box for the town boat ramp.