Where in the Hudson Valley Contest: America’s Smallest Library in a British Telephone Booth in the Hudson Valley, NY

The little library that could: do you know where in the Hudson Valley this is located?

In September, America’s littlest library — a “read-cycled” three-by-three-by-eight foot British telephone booth — opened its door in a mid-Valley community. Strategically placed to draw attention to an area that — like many — could use an economic boost, the literate landmark contains approximately 150 books, is open 24 hours/365 days, and can fit a total of two for a reading rendezvous.

The library is the brainchild of local resident Claudia Cooley, who drew inspiration from a news article about phone boxes from the U.K. that were “up-cycled” into libraries, art galleries, tourist booths, and even a pub. When a former tea shop’s 1968 model K8 phone booth presented itself, Cooley knew exactly what to do. With blessings from the owners, the local public library, and the town supervisor, she refurbished the booth as a take-a-book/leave-a-book exchange destination. And, although it’s painted regimental red, the booth is totally green: It’s outfitted with solar panels to power on a light, which switches on when a patron enters. Local businesses worked together to support the petite reading room, which has now been given to the public. “It’s not just about books,” Cooley notes. “It’s about community.”

Do you think you know where this itty-bitty biblio-booth is located? Send us your answer as a comment in the box below. The first reader with the correct response wins a prize. Good luck!

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