Refurbished Newspaper Boxes Transformed into MPHPL Book Boxes  | MPHPL 

Refurbished Newspaper Boxes Transformed into MPHPL Book Boxes 

Refurbished Newspaper Boxes Transformed into MPHPL Book Boxes 

Three Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library Community Book Boxes are now open to serve the public, 24/7, with no strings attached. This is all in efforts of a team made up of library staff members, the City of Mishawaka's Parks & Recreation Department and business owner David Nufer, who all had a vision to inspire readers and create access to books. 

The book boxes were formerly South Bend Tribune newspaper boxes. The library was able to purchase a few of these old metal boxes from the Tribune to refurbished as mini libraries that allow anyone to pull open the door and access a variety of reading materials for all ages. 

MPHPL Programming Coordinator Jennifer Ludwig said, “It is important that everyone in our community has easy access to books. This project allowed us to take books and magazines that have been withdrawn from our library collection and give them a new home. The book boxes provide a convenient way to share materials with our community.”  

Ludwig said that seeing the project come to fruition was extremely rewarding for her staff. 

“In May, we had a ribbon-cutting event at Hillis Hans Park where our first book box was placed. Then in June, the second book box was installed at Twin Branch Park and the third one at Merrifield Park. Every week, programming librarian Carolyn Wirtz-Poelstra makes her rounds to the three book boxes to tidy things up and restock the boxes with more books if supply is running low.”  

Ludwig said that the materials in the MPHPL Community Book Boxes are being utilized as the books and magazines are disappearing and new books are added by community members as well as the library. 

“Our hope is our Community Book Boxes inspire readers. People can find a cozy spot at the park to read, or they can take a book home and return it when they are done so others can do the same,” said Ludwig. 

If the book boxes continue to be well-received by the community, more boxes may be added in the future. 

MPHPL thanks the Mishawaka Parks & Recreation Department for their partnership and for installing the book boxes in their parks. A special thank you to David Nufer, the owner of Burton’s Laundry & Dry Cleaning and Fast Signs, for sponsoring the vinyl wraps on these boxes. 

Hillis Hans Park MPHPL Book Box pictured below

Merrifield Park MPHPL Book Box pictured below










Twin Branch Park MPHPL Book Box pictured below


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