Appalachian Trail Gets Its Own Library System in Harlem Valley

AT Little Free Library at Dover Wiley Shelter

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The Pawling and Dover Libraries in Dutchess County’s Harlem Valley have installed Little Free Libraries at each of the two AT Shelters on the Harlem Valley section of the Trail. To mark this initiative, this week the libraries are hosting a series of presentations and hikes on the AT to better acquaint local residents with the trail. All are welcome.

Wednesday, May 14th, 7pm-8:30pm

“Appalachian Trail, a Path of Wonder “
Co-hosted by the Pawling Library and Dover Plains Library
Pawling Free Library, 11 Broad Street, Pawling, NY
For more information: 845-855-3444

Ron Rosen, AT Coordinator, NY-NJ Trail Conference
Cassie Kessman, Harlem Valley AT Community Ambassador
Jason McAlinden, AT thruhiker

Sunday, May 18th, 10am-1pm

Hike to Celebrate the Little Free Library Installation @ the AT Wiley Shelter, Wingdale
Hosted by the Dover Plains Library, Susan Totter, Director
Meet: Dover Plains Library, 1797 Rt 22, Wingdale, NY
Hike: Hoyt Road to Duell Hollow Rd. Optional: Duell Hollow to Wiley Shelter. Moderate.
Accompanied by Stancy DuHamel, Harlem Valley ATC Advisory Board Co-Chair

Registration is required: 845-832-6605

Sunday, May 18th, 11am-1pm

Hike to Celebrate the Little Free Library Installation @ the AT Telephone Pioneers Shelter, Pawling
Hosted by the Pawling Library, Casey Conlin, Director
Meet: Native Landscapes, 991 Rt 22, Pawling, NY
Hike: AT Boardwalk to Corbin Hill. Easy.
Info: 845-855-3444
Led by Cassandra Kessman, HVATC Ambassador

About the Little Free Library Project

The Little Free Library Project is a “Take a Book/Leave a Book” service for Appalachian Trail section and thru-hikers. The boxes are located at the two AT Shelters on the Harlem Valley section of the AT.  Many thanks to Bill Coon of Taghkanic Woodworking, and Lloyd Berkeley of Oblong Woodworks for building the Little Free Library boxes.

The Backpack Project is a lending program for dayhikers. Each library offers five backpacks which can be checked out for the day. The packs include guide books, maps and binoculars to enhance one’s experience on our trails.  Many thanks to the Harlem Valley ATC for their contribution to this project.

By collaborating on these projects, the Directors of the Pawling and Dover Libraries embraced the spirit and enthusiasm with which our two towns came together to form the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community.   Thank you, Pawling Library Director Casey Conlin and Dover Plains Library Director Susan Totter for supporting the Appalachian Trail!

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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