The Earth Citizens Club of Queens (ECCQ) will unveil the library at their annual Earth Day Art Fest. Children will be able to take and share a variety of books catered to younger audiences.
In September 2018, the group hosted a nighttime dance party at the playground and asked community members what improvements would they like to see. Many requested the little library.
“It’s something we’ve been wanting to put in place for a while, because Austin Playground is so heavily used by kids and their families,” said Amy Long, president of ECCQ.
“There’s such a strong culture of literacy, reading and education in Forest Hills,” she added. “We wanted a place where neighbors could swap books and children could have access to books within their play space.”
The library will also teach children about recycling.
“It’s about reducing what gets thrown away by having it used by someone else,” she added.
The library will be dedicated to the memory of ECCQ core volunteer and leader Deborah Coady, who passed away on April 3 following a battle with cancer.
Coady was a retired obstetrician-gynecologist and instructor at a yoga center who was extremely passionate about environmental issues.
“She really exemplified the heart and soul of our group, and she was a big proponent of the free little library ever since we got the idea,” Long said. “We want the community to know the extent of her work and her passion.”
Earth Day Art Fest will run from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. The Ehrenreich-Austin Playground is located at 76-33 Austin Street.
Like last year, the 2019 Earth Day Art Fest will feature live music, a drum circle, tai-chi performance, book giveaway, arts and crafts, face painting, wellness tables and planting activities.
The winners of the ECCQ’s local parks springtime photo contest will also have their work displayed at the festival. On the ECCQ’s Facebook page, amateur photographers can upload their photos from any park in Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens or Richmond Hill.