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Little Free Library To Be Enjoyed by Beachgoers Again This Summer

Setauket, NY – June 24, 2022 –

You can’t say “summer” at a library and not immediately think of the word “reading.” But what if you’re at the beach and you forgot your book?

Emma Clark Library has hosted a Little Free Library at West Meadow Beach in July and August since 2016, to inspire beachgoers to read, share, and reuse. This “Take a Book or Leave a Book” concept is one that embodies recycling and community. The structure was made from reclaimed materials and is maintained by Library teen volunteers. It is located under the pavilion at the beach. There is no need to live in Three Village to share in this give and take project, as long as you are a visitor of the beach. These books are donated by the public (books are not owned by Emma Clark – don’t return your library books here!).

The Town of Brookhaven and Environmental Educator Nicole Pocchiare have once again graciously given their consent for Emma Clark to host the Little Free Library at the beach. Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich attended the installation to show his support of this outreach service to the community.

“The Little Free Library at West Meadow Beach is just a great opportunity to put books into peoples’ hands. I love the community spirit embodied in those little structures and knowing that favorite books can be shared among neighbors in this way,” said Councilmember Kornreich. “By the way, when you’re there check out the bottom of the little library case — it was constructed from an old wooden library chair.”

Little Free Libraries have become an international phenomenon since their inception in 2010, and Little Free Library was established as a nonprofit organization in 2012 in Wisconsin. According to the official Little Free Library website, there are over 100,000 registered book-sharing boxes world-wide. Emma Clark’s Little Free Library at West Meadow Beach is registered on www.littlefreelibrary.org and can be found on the site’s official map of all Little Free Libraries across the United States and over 100 countries worldwide.

Emma Clark Library is happy to promote literacy outside the walls of the building and help our neighbors discover new books. Whether it be a hot summer day or a beautiful, breezy sunset, the Little Free Library simply enhances the already beloved West Meadow Beach here in Three Village.


The Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, located at 120 Main Street in Setauket and on the web at www.emmaclark.org, provides public library service to all residents of the Three Village Central School District.

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