The Port Richey Advisory Committee has installed a free library at the Dog Park, adjacent to City Hall. Other Take A Book, Leave A Book locations are planned around the city.

PORT RICHEY – A new way to pick up books and share old favorites was set up in Port Richey this month, thanks to an organized effort by the city’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

The free library, known as Take A Book, Leave A Book, was installed Feb. 14 at the Port Richey Dog Park adjacent to City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road.

According to Citizens Advisory Committee member Blaine Lee, the book sharing receptacle at the dog park may be the first of many erected throughout the city by the committee.

“We have, I think, four other people that have offered to donate the receptacles to put the books in,” Lee said. “We’re in the process of putting up different stations in different places around the city,”

The dog park was chosen for the first Take A Book, Leave A Book station, Lee said, so it could be more easily monitored. “We put it at the dog park so it would be visible and under a surveillance camera, so we could observe any activity there.”

When or if the city decides to set up more stations, other city parks may be the likely locations, Lee said.

Another Citizens Advisory Committee endeavor will get underway next week when members and volunteers gather the spruce up Brasher Park, 4951 Koons Drive.

The public is invited to assist in the March 2 cleanup effort at the coastal park, which begins at 8 a.m. Volunteers will be supplied with bags and may also bring any additional cleanup items they like.

The Brasher Park cleanup effort will be the second organized by the Citizens Advisory Committee. The first came last month at Waterfront Park, 8207 Old Post Road.

For more information on joining the March 2 cleanup or the Take A Book, Share A Book program, call the city at 727-816-1907.