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.
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!