On Tuesday August 7, Legislator Rudy Sunderman joined with residents of Mastic to unveil a brand new Little Free Library, located at the Suffolk Transit bus stop on Herkimer Street in Mastic adjacent to Brookhaven Town’s Mastic Recreation Center. The Little Free Library, a charming handmade kiosk is filled with books for borrowing. Children, parents, and all community members can access this library and share books. “I encourage everyone to visit this Little Free Library to take a book and leave a book.” stated Legislator Sunderman.
The idea behind this initiative came from local Mastic resident Josmary Vergara as part of a community service project for her class at Long Island University Post; with donations of material and construction costs donated by Frank Dammeyer of Dammeyer Constriction, Inc. in Center Moriches. This project will give bus riders an opportunity to take and leave books to provide them with a source of entertainment while waiting for and riding the bus. The Little Free Library was designed to look like a lighthouse to reflect our waterfront community and ironically the unveiling took place on National Lighthouse Day.
“This library is a great addition to our community and will provide everyone an opportunity to share and enjoy books. Thank you to Josmary Vergara and Frank Dammeyer for turning this dream into a reality.” stated Legislator Sunderman. This Little Free Library is the newest addition to a network of little free libraries throughout Suffolk County. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
At the unveiling ceremony Legislator Sunderman was joined by Josmary Vergara and her family, Frank Dammeyer, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, and Marilyn Tucci of SILO. “Having the lighthouse library at the bus stop enables people to pass the time while waiting for the bus. It’s also good for when parents are waiting there with their children so the parent can read to their child.” stated Marilyn Tucci of SILO.