Boy Scout says, 'Come and get your books'

'My goal is community engagement': Matthew Marvin and volunteers set up three book exchanges


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  • Matthew Marvin, Boy Scout with Troop 62, is pleased to see his Eagle Scout Award project nearing completion. Lending a hand filling the book exchange station is Boy Scout volunteer with Troop 62, Ben Richard. (Photo by Geri Corey)



“With the help of my scoutmasters, family, friends, and the scout members who volunteered to build my project, my service project ran smoothly,” said Matthew. “It came out fantastic.”
Matthew Marvin

By Geri Corey

— Now there’s another great reason to visit the Village of Goshen. Thanks to 17-year-old Boy Scout Matthew Marvin, plenty of books have been stashed around the village, yours for the taking — and exchanging.

Matthew recently installed book exchange stations at three different locations — Duane Bruen Memorial Park on Green Street, the bus stop triangle on West Main Street, and Erie Street Park.

“My goal is community engagement by exchanging books and reaching knowledge for people of all ages,” said Matthew at the day of installation.

Readers will find a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books.

Matthew’s mom, Linda Marvin, said her son had at first wanted to do a food swap, but village trustees were concerned about malicious tampering. They suggested that Matthew do a book swap instead. He liked the idea and “ran with it.”

Using the book exchange is simple: just open the door, select an interesting book, take it home, and read it. Matthew hopes those who take books will bring them back and take others.

Something 'different'“This is a great project,” said Scoutmaster Keith Grunenberg. “It’s a little different, and books that would have probably ended in the trash now will get used. I really like this project. People who want books can come and get them.”

Proud dad Ken Marvin said he provided some guidance on construction, but added, “I mostly got in his way!”

Ken is Troop 62’s assistant scoutmaster.

Troop 62 meets at C.J. Hooker Middle School, and the Goshen Rotary is the Charter Representative.

Helping Matthew were friends, family, and the community who donated funds for supplies. He received donations of wood from Lowe's Home Improvement and Home Depot, paint from Nailed It! Hardware in Washingtonville, signs from Hudson Valley Awards in Goshen, and books from troop members and their families.

The Eagle Advisor for Troop 62, John Graesser, and a family friend, Andrew Gross, donated tools for the project. Matthew wants to thank Kyle Torrado for being able to consult with him.

Troop 62 members volunteered to build the project and came to work for two weeks, three days each week.

“My role during this time was to lead the project, which was completed just before I went off to college,” said Matthew.

A Goshen High School graduate, Matthew is now a freshman at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

“With the help of my scoutmasters, family, friends, and the scout members who volunteered to build my project, my service project ran smoothly,” said Matthew. “It came out fantastic.”


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