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Eagle Scout Project Brings 'Little Free Libraries' To Paducah Parks

courtesy of the city of Paducah

A McCracken County High School junior's Eagle Scout project provides access to books in three of Paducah public parks.

The Little Free Libraries allow people to borrow, return and donate to  Patrick McHaney's book boxes. They are located in the Pat and Jim Brockenborough Rotary Health Park, Robert Coleman Park and Keiler Park.

According to a release, McHaney began planning his Eagle Scout project two years ago. He designed, built and installed the libraries with the help of his father and other scouts.

Credit courtesy of the city of Paducah
Patrick McHaney is a scout in Troop 1 which is chartered by Grace Episcopal Church.

He says his grandmother Marion Fillmer was his inspiration. She was a Missouri librarian and died in 2006.

The McHaney family intends to keep the libraries filled for the next few months and hopes the community will embrace the program. Little Free Libraries is an international movement that began in Wisconsin.

Shelby Frye is a senior at Murray State University, double majoring in theatre and journalism. She has lived in Murray for four years, but grew up in Paris, Tennessee. When she isn’t working at WKMS, Shelby performs in and works on crew for Murray State Theatre productions, plays Dungeons & Dragons, and keeps her plate full with her dual majors.
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