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BCTV and Alvernia University Announce Installation of Little Free Library at 401 Penn Street

BCTV and Alvernia University Announce Installation of Little Free Library at 401 Penn Street

by Berks Community Television

Berks Community Television (BCTV) is proud to announce the installation of a new Little Free Library in the downtown Reading community. Located at Alvernia University’s CollegeTowne campus at 401 Penn Street in Reading.

“We’re so happy to add this Little Free Library to our neighborhood,” said Heather Adams, Executive Director of BCTV. “Providing free access to books and creating a welcoming space for community members to connect and share is a natural match with BCTV’s mission to empower people and engage community through media.”

The Little Free Library will be stocked with a diverse selection of books for readers of all ages and interests, generously donated by community members and local organizations. The book-sharing hub is situated just between BCTV and Starbucks, and aims to promote literacy, foster a love of reading, and build community connections.

“A commitment to serve others is at the heart of everything we do and the installation of a Little Free Library at the John R. Post Center in Reading CollegeTowne is a perfect embodiment of that commitment,” said Alvernia University President Glynis A. Fitzgerald. “We are proud to work beside BCTV and Dipini Construction to bring another community engagement and education initiative to Penn Street.”

The Little Free Library is open to everyone, and visitors of all ages are encouraged to take a book, leave a book, or simply stop by to peruse. BCTV encourages visitors to also consider sharing other media items such as music, or books on tape.

The library was built by Evan Greusel, a Governor Mifflin graduate, as part of his Eagle Scout project in 2022. He presented two matching Little Free Library structures to The 18th Wonder organization, who, in turn, donated one of the pair to BCTV. 18th Wonder’s Little Free Library is located at the Community Gardens in Oakbrook. Greusel received a commendation from Reading City Council for his work.

BCTV thanks Alvernia University and Dipini Construction for their support in bringing this project to life in Collegetowne.

Across the country, Little Free Libraries play a valuable role in enriching communities and promoting literacy. They embody the spirit of generosity, creativity, and community engagement, making a positive impact on neighborhoods.