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Ride A Bike, Take A Hike, Pick Up A Book

Mary Rozak

A new amenity has popped up along a popular Capital Region recreational trail.

The nine-mile rail trail connecting Albany to Voorheesville sees some 200,000 annual visitors and now Albany County is recognizing its latest offering. Two Bethlehem girls: five-year-old McKenna and eight-year-old Caidyn Mahan had an idea to place a “little library” for people to use on the trail, according to County Executive Dan McCoy.

"Their grandfather built the little house with a little slated roof, a little door on it. They went out and got books. There's children's books on the bottom shelf, adult book son the top shelf."

The little library stands at the corner of Adams St. and Hudson Ave. in Delmar.

McCoy adds "This is not the first act of kindness for the girls. They have donated blankets to hospice and food to the Ronald McDonald House; sent Valentines Cards to kids at Albany Med and raised $4,000 with a lemonade stand to benefit a local police officer fighting cancer. The girls said they wanted to do something with the Rail Trail to benefit the community... Books have been donated already and we ask that donations are limited to only those that will fit inside the 'little library.' Please do not leave boxes/cartons/bags of books at the site."

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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