Gannon’s Erie-GAINS Initiative To Host Little Free Library Picnic

Posted: September 18, 2013

Gannon's Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) initiative is helping neighborhood residents get acquainted with their Little Free Library at a series of summer picnics. The libraries have been designed and constructed by the students in the first-year seminar of Karinna Vernaza, Ph.D., associate professor, mechanical engineering, in keeping with Gannon's mission of service, volunteerism, and civic engagement.

Today's picnic, funded by a grant from the Erie Community Foundation, is rather special because it will also include the installation of the Little Free Library at Bayview Park on W. Second St. by approximately 20 students in the Martin Luther King Center afterschool program, all of them residents in the neighborhood. Neighborhood families are invited to learn about this project, get a book, enjoy some food and listen to a special guest "mystery reader."

Little Free Libraries resemble oversized birdhouses and are a type of community book exchange.
The majority of the sites are within Gannon's Erie-GAINS neighborhood. The Erie-GAINS program represents a comprehensive effort by Gannon University to stimulate positive change and promote the viability and sustainability of downtown Erie and neighborhoods surrounding the campus.

This Week's Picnic Location:

Bayview Park, W. Second St., between Walnut St. & Cherry St.

Mystery Reader:

Keith Taylor, Ph.D. - president, Gannon University

Agenda:

4:30 p.m. Installation
4:45 p.m. Mystery Reader