Media partner

Site stats: December traffic (record) | Patch: Town updates | Cambridge Day: News >> 

Magnolia book nook turns page on town trend

Little library at Magnolia Park.

UPDATED: A free, standing library now adds some educational recreation near the Herbert Road entrance of Magnolia Park, in East Arlington.

The small box of books available to the public -- part of a growing trend in town -- is a gift from Bill and Debra Ingols of Conneautville, Pa., whose son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter live near the park.

Debra designed the library, which is about the size of a large bird house, and brightened it with house paint. The donors were present during the installation July 6 by Peter Hedlund, Jon Marshall and Don Vitters, with help from several children. 

Hedlund is in charge of the Hedlund Design Group, which shaped the new Magnolia Park that opened June 17. Marshall is the head of town recreation, and Vitters is a longtime member of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Take and give

"Take a book -- return a book," says a plaque on the small roof. The Magnolia library is at a height aimed to enable access for young children and those in wheelchairs.

Initially populated with children's books, the library drew its first few potential borrowers before the donors left the park.

The diminutive purveyors of literary simplicity are welcome in places public and private, as a look around Arlington shows.

The Little Free Library is a nonprofit based in Wisconsin aimed at encouraging reading and building community. Find out more about it >>

Photos show how book box was installed >>

 A far-from-definitive search around town finds these small boxes of intelligence showing up in the following spots (if you know of others, let the publisher know the location here >>):

-- 255 Washington St., where one of the books available was The Black Stallion Mystery by Walter Farley;

-- 553 Summer St., at Newland Road, where you could get Tom Clancy's EndWar: The Hunted;

-- 69 Webcowet Road has had a library box for more than two years, a neighbor says;

-- in Menotomy Rocks Park (with a high reach); and

-- in the neighborhood near Thorndike Park.

Find others here >>

Remember: If you take a book, put one in its place ....

This news story was published Tuesday, July 11, 2017, and updated, to add a location. 

Your Businesses

Latest Comments

Grant Cook For town housing, move beyond critique to solutions
24 January 2022
I will point out Don that your own math around school enrollment that really don't justify the hyperbole of claiming that a new elementary is around the corner. Your calculation around housing units ...
Steve Berczuk For town housing, move beyond critique to solutions
23 January 2022
Also: I was reacting to the comment that I made an incorrect "accusation" which I take seriously. Looking at the two articles again, my "facts straight" comment was about this sentence "This draft rep...
Steve Berczuk For town housing, move beyond critique to solutions
23 January 2022
My comment about facts was more about the followup analysis, rather than whether the report met state guidelines, and I didn't check on the state rules for the draft report. In M. Seltzer's article, ...

Housing Authority

Your People

Rachel N. Albert

Food Link's new exec outlines goals, offers personal insights

Rachel N. Albert, Food Link executive director For Rachel N. Albert, the roots of social consciousness run deep. When she was about 5, she accompanied her mom who has distributing pamphlets about the environmental impact of nuclear energy. "My parents were early advocates of organic farming and…
Sue and Jeff Thompson

A diagnosis of ALS leaves couple in need

Sue and Jeff Thompson, formerly of Firefly Moon, keep the faith. UPDATED Dec. 18: Every evening, Sue Thompson and her husband, Jeff, drink a toast. Whether or not they have a glass of wine, it’s to give thanks that they have been given another day despite challenges that have left them in…
Evvie Jagoda.

Town resident voted out among castaways on new 'Survivor'

Evvie Jagoda seeks ties that bind. UPDATED Nov. 24: The Covid-delayed season of CBS-TV's "Survivor" launched Sept. 22 with 18 new castaways, including Arlington resident Evvie Jagoda. She hung in with spunk until episode 8 broadcast Nov. 17. Read one summary >> And another >> And last: Evvie…

FACEBOOK BOX: To see all images, click the PHOTOS link just below


Support YourArlington

RSM, 2021-22
Paid support

Your Arts



Your Police, Fire