Legis. Jim Mazzarella (R-Moriches) joined with Eagle Scout Candidate Ethan Morano of Troop 138 at the Smith Point County Park Campgrounds for the unveiling of his Eagle Project, the construction and installation of a brand new Little Free Library. The Little Free Library is a charming handmade kiosk designed to resemble a lighthouse which is filled with books and encourages borrowing amongst all those who utilize it. Children, parents, and everyone who passes by can access this library and share books.
“Having the opportunity to join this young man who has already accomplished so much throughout his scouting career is an honor,” said Mazzarella. “Ethan chose a project that encourages both reading and sharing. I encourage everyone to visit this Little Free Library to take a book and leave a book.”
Ethan is currently a Life Scout with Troop 138 and now that his Eagle Project is complete, he will be going before the Eagle Board of review as the final step to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He will soon be starting his senior year at William Floyd High School and spent this past summer working as a seasonal employee at Smith Point Park, the same location he chose for the placement of his Eagle project.
Ethan raised the funds to construct his Eagle project by collecting bottles and cans with the assistance of his fellow scouts and working with Evtek Recycling to raise over $600. Donations of material and construction costs were assisted through Riverhead Building Supply, Home Depot, and Posillico. The books used to fill the library were contributed through donations from fellow scouts, campers at the park, and a commitment from the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library.
This project will give all those who utilize Smith Point Park an opportunity to take and leave books while providing another source of recreation as people enjoy the beautiful beach. The Little Free Library was designed to look like a lighthouse to coincide with the beautiful beach surrounding the Smith Point Campgrounds.
This Little Free Library is the newest addition to a network of little free libraries throughout Suffolk County. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
“This library is a great addition to Smith Point and will provide everyone an opportunity to share and enjoy books. The initiative taken by Ethan for this eagle project is truly an inspiration,” added Mazzarella. “I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for this amazing young man.”