All over the United States, “Little Free Libraries” are popping up outside homes, businesses and schools. The concept is simple: Take a book or leave a book. The goal is to promote literacy and the love of reading, and to build a sense of community. In 2017 the New Rochelle Council on the Arts partnered with My Brother’s Keeper, the New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation and artist Charles Fazzino to propose “Pop Up Libraries” for New Rochelle. With funding from ArtsWestchester the goal was to create seven colorful library kiosks: public art that would also provide access to literature for the entire community.
Mr. Fazzino offered to design a kiosk for the Metro North train station, and six additional kiosks were purchased to be designed by other artists. The selected artists are Carol Bowen, Cristina Cerone, Alvin Clayton, Laura Heiss, Stephanie Lombardo, and Aston LeMelle-Thomas. Their works are to be installed in New Rochelle’s parks in October 2018.