Lake Region High School vocational education carpentry students and their teacher stand with one of the built Little Free Libraries they built. From left are Isaac McConkey (LRHS); Oliver York, Troy Swift and Connor Kiesman, all from Molly Ockett School; and Chaz Reed. Submitted photo

Charles “Chaz” Reed, a carpentry teacher at the vocational education program of Lakes Region High School, is having his classes build four Little Free Libraries for the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club.

The libraries are small weather-proof bookcases that will be placed in neighborhoods to enable people to share books 24/7. Each little library will be a chartered Little Free Library in a worldwide network of libraries, and each one will appear on a world map. The goal is to make books available to people who have difficulty coming to a town library and to help foster a love of reading in children and teens.

The books do not have to be returned; most Little Free Libraries have an equal number of people contributing and taking books.

The libraries have been built at minimal cost due to the students using scrap materials, as well as due to Ace Hardware by Hayes donating the paint to match Rotary’s blue and gold theme colors.

The libraries will be placed in Denmark, Sweden and Waterford. A location for the fourth library has not yet been determined. For more information, call Rotarian Joanne Cohn at 617-306-1956.

For more information about Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club and other projects in the community, check out or the club’s Facebook page.


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