Sunol residents, Girl Scouts build mini-library downtown

New Main Street addition invites community to 'take a book, leave a book'

Sunol residents and Girl Scouts Troop 32866 have built a small community library on the town's Main Street.

Completed in June and located outside the Jeffco Roofing Company building, the mini-library -- a seven-foot-tall bookshelf with a glass door -- is accessible 24-hours, stocked with around 250 books ranging from adult to children works, and stands with the motto "take a book, leave a book."

"The total project probably cost around $200," said Sunol resident Tom Harland, who helped create the library. "All the books were donated from the Girl Scouts."

Harland said he and fellow resident Ben Coplan had discussed creating a small library in Sunol, which doesn't have an official library, around five years ago.

"At the time, it was just idea," Harland said. "We were thinking about buying an English phone booth for the library but found out that it was very expensive. So the idea didn't progress for a while."

Then last year, the Sunol Girl Scouts troop expressed interest in creating a library as one of their projects, and Harland and Coplan used the opportunity to combine forces to design the town's first mini-library, according to Harland.

Harland said he purchased the glass door for the library from Habitat for Humanity in February and constructed the plywood structure according to the dimensions of the door.

The troop painted ceramic tiles to decorate the sides of the bookshelf, and the Girl Scouts have been given the responsibility of taking care of the mini-library for one year.

The Girl Scouts placed a plaque along the left side of the mini-library with information about the troop and program, as well as dedications and honorable mentions.

The original donated books have a sticker with a picture and information about the Girl Scouts.

Coplan said he hopes that books will rotate in and out all the time and that community members take advantage of the new, creative addition to downtown Sunol.

There are hundreds of mini-libraries worldwide, and Harland and Coplan hope to officially register the Sunol library with the nonprofit organization Little Free Library.


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Posted by Sherry Sheets
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

What a great idea. Am sure it will be put to good use.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 31, 2014 at 9:50 am


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Posted by I Care
a resident of Ironwood
on Jul 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Take a book leave a book? Good! I will get all 250 books and replace them with the only TRUE book, the Holy Bible. Maybe people in our town will stop living such hedonistic lives....

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Posted by Tom F
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

Is porn available?

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