TROY — Ian Lyons didn’t have to look far from his lifeguard stand to find inspiration for his Eagle Scout project.
Lyons, 17, of Troy, spends his summer in the sun as a lifeguard at the Troy Aquatic Park. Spending hours high up in the lifeguard stand, Lyons decided to add two “Little Free Library” stands for patrons to enjoy books as they sit poolside.
A member of the Boy Scout Troop No. 544, Lyons wrapped up the project this spring with the help of his troop. Lyons also requested book donations from family and friends to stock the libraries, which uses the honor system.
“I knew I wanted to do a project at the pool,” Lyons said.
Lyons spends many hours at the pool, not only as a lifeguard, but he was also a member of the swim team for several years. Lyons said he was working with the TAP’s director, Carrie Slater, to find a project to benefit the TAP when his grandmother found an article about the Little Free Library programs.
“My grandmother sent me the article about the libraries and I thought it was a unique program that would be perfect for the people at the pool,” Lyons said. “I always see people reading at the pool and I thought it would be useful. If people forgot a book or finish a book, they can just grab one at the pool.”
The Little Free Library stands are located in the gate area of the TAP. The stands are located in the entrance gate so the general public can also stop by and grab a book without entering the TAP.
“It’s a cool way to go to the library without checking out a book because you are not committed to having to return it. You basically take a book, leave a book and return a book,” Lyons said.
Lyons said he is looking forward to seeing his Eagle Scout project being used throughout the summer as he stands guard poolside.
“I’m excited to see my project in use everyday,” Lyons said.
Lyons, a Troy High School graduate, is planning on attending the University of Toledo in the fall.
“One thing I learned being a Boy Scout was to always help others when you can. Work together and help each other,” Lyons said.
Lyons said he appreciated all the help his troop provided to complete the project. Lyons also thanked the Troy Recreation Department and Carrie Slater, as well as his family and friends for their support.
Lyon’s Little Free Library stands are the first ones installed in the city of Troy. Lyon’s project will soon be added to the world map of free libraries, which can be found by visiting www.littlefreelibrary.org
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