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Brockport joins Little Library movement

by Siomara Germain - Copy Editor
Tue, Jan 31st 2017 11:00 am
The College at Brockport has become one of several schools throughout the country to participate in the Little Library movement. The Little Library model (left) is a replica of the old Normal School building that stood on campus in the 1870s.
(Photo courtesy of Charles Cowling)
The College at Brockport has become one of several schools throughout the country to participate in the Little Library movement. The Little Library model (left) is a replica of the old Normal School building that stood on campus in the 1870s. (Photo courtesy of Charles Cowling)
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 The College at Brockport is teaming up with the Friends of Drake Library to install The Little Library in the Brockport community. The Friends of the Library will be sponsoring the project.

According to library.brockport.edu, "The Friends of Drake Library is a group whose purpose is to support the community of people who make use of Drake Memorial Library and its wide array of information resources."

The Little Library is a movement that began 10 years ago. The idea of it is to encourage reading and literacy. 

According to littlefreelibrary.org, "Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world."

This allows millions of books to be passed around and exchanged every year. 

"The mini library will have little doors where people can take and leave books," college archivist Charles Cowling said.

The Brockport Little Library is being build by former Brockport student and retired professor Gordon Fox. The Little Library reignites school history because the model of the Little Library being built is a scale model of the old Normal school building that stood in the 1870s before Hartwell Hall was built. 

"In addition to this splendid replica, Cherise Oakley and her husband are donating a granite bench to go with the Little Library," according to library.brockport.edu. "A selection of quotes about reading were put together and President [Heidi] Macpherson selected one, a quote from Margaret Fuller, 'Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.' This will be inscribed on the bench."

Brockport has been here for a long time, Cowling believes this will be a nice and positive element for it.

"The Friends of the Library is sponsoring it, we're doing it because we want to encourage reading and community," Cowling said. "We're going to put it in the lawn of Hartwell along Utica and Monroe so both students and local residents will walk by and see it."

The Friends Group and the Little Library are a productive combo, trying to continue the growth of the library and the growth in the community.

With this new project in the works, Cowling hopes Brockport can forge community connections. 

Cowling plans on continuously stocking the Little Library with books. 

"25 to 35 books will be in the Little Library depending how big the books are," Cowling said. "Maybe a little more or a little less."

The model is very detailed and is an authentic scale model. 

According to Cowling, Fox put a lot of thoughts and effort into the model as he constantly asked for very detailed information about the old Normal School building when he was building the Little Library. 

"He is very oriented to detail," Cowling said. "[The Little Library model] is very close to what the building looked like."

Cowling is very confident in the project, but he does have concerns about how the Little Library will withhold during the infamous New York winter weather. 

However, Cowling is very hopeful and has gotten word from a couple sororities that volunteered to help him keep watch on it once it is out for display. 

Cowling said he also hopes this project "encourages people to come to libraries."


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