A new branch of the Perry Public Library has opened, but it is more a twig than a branch, and you do not need a card to check out its books.
Suzanne Kestel, Children’s Librarian at the Perry library, has teamed up with Perry Parks Director Kevin Kenealy to open the Lending Library, a small, kiosk-style book outlet located in front of Shopko.
"It’s a ‘take-a-book-and-give-a-book’ gathering place where the community can share favorite books," Kestel said. "Anyone may stop by and pick out a book or two and bring back another book to share with others."
Kestel heard about the success of similar casual outlets in other towns and contacted Kanealy to see if he could build a Lending Library for Perry.
"Kevin did a beautiful job on the project and everyone should stop by ShopKo to see the little library," Kestel said. She said everyone is welcome to select a free book from the library, although donations of large numbers of books should still be taken to the Perry Public Library.
Shelby Ryan, 16, of Woodward perused the selections during Sunday’s warm weather without finding anything quite to her taste. "I’ll bring some with me next time," she said.
Kestel said she was grateful to Kenealy for building the lending kiosk and to Shopko General Manager Jim Lutmer for allowing the library to be placed outside the store.