Published on May 20, 2022

Long Pasture Gains New Visitor Booth and a Little Library

Long Pasture’s parking area has added two new structures this spring: a visitor greeting booth and a Little Free Library kiosk!

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The new booth, which perfectly matches the exteriors of the Discovery Center and the Parker House, is in large part the handiwork of longtime volunteer Lee Hawkins.

The components were part of a shed kit but Lee had to put everything together, including installing the cedar shingles which, he says, was the most time consuming.

An electrical engineer by profession, Lee  comes from a long line of carpenters. Property manager Chris Walz says Lee's a true craftsman. "If a project needs lumber that must be cut, he can piece it together without screws or nails by using dovetail joints.” He says Lee has worked on numerous sanctuary projects for nearly 15 years

Our Little Free Library

Thanks to a partnership with Barnstable’s Sturgis Public Library, Long Pasture has joined more than 100 other locations throughout the state offering access to a small collection of free books housed in an enclosed outdoor kiosk. The idea behind the Little Free Library movement, which began in Wisconsin more than 10 years ago, is for readers both to take and bring books to keep the tiny collection stocked.

Long Pasture’s Little Free Library will feature mostly nature-themed books. Sturgis Library will make sure the kiosk remains full. Sanctuary director Ian Ives says donations are welcome as long as books are no higher than 10 inches. “That means no coffee table books!” he adds.