Chichester’s Little Book Houses
Sometimes it does take a “village” to
get a project completed. The Little Book Houses, located at
Carpenter Park and the Grange/Town Hall parking lot are a case
Early in the Spring Lucille Noel noticed an example at Atlantic
Heights in Portsmouth. Little Book Houses are in many places
across the United States as part of the Little Book House
Movement. So why not in Chichester? The library trustees
and the LOCL were enthusiastic and voted to underwrite the cost
to build two book houses. Linda Clement and partner from 1804
Homestead Crafts used vintage barn boards for the construction.
The Little Book Houses have been decorated by the artistic
abilities of Frank Curatolo and Richard Pratt. Laurie Nichols
made a special sign. The posts for the houses are from Paul
Adams’ historic long needle pine tree. The posts were cut to
length and put in place by Jim Plunkett. Bernie Reinhardt sealed
both posts with a waterproof preservative. The final step was
the placement and attachment of the little book houses on the
posts. This was completed by Nate Bronnenberg.
Books are supplied by the Chichester
Town Library book sale room and individual donors. Stop by and
“Take a Book, Share a Book”. Chichester is now part of the
National Little Book House Library Movement. Thanks to all who
made it possible.