Books for Hikers


The Pawling Library’s Little Free Library up at the Telephone Pioneers Shelter. Go see it in person!

The Towns of Pawling and Dover were declared an Appalachian Trail Community in recognition of our support and preservation of the AT as a local and national asset. To support the trail, its through hikers, and day hikers, the Dover Plains Library and the Pawling Library teamed up to educate people about the trail, install  Little Free Libraries at the Wiley and Telephone Pioneers Shelters, and to make backpacks with binoculars, guides, and maps available for circulation to promote local use of the trail.

Little Free Libraries are the “take a book, leave a book” gathering place where people  share their favorite literature and stories. The Pawling Library put up a LFL at the Telephone Pioneers Shelter, and the Dover Plains Library put one up near the Wiley Shelter. The LFL’s provide reading material for through and day hikers who pass through the shelter and want a book (remember, there’s no need to return the book). Thanks to Bill Coon for building Pawling’s beautiful LFL, and thanks to Dave Kinosky, who maintains the Telephone Pioneers Shelter, for coordinating and lugging it up the hill.

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