Little free library
Emily Rohme and her niece Lilly McIntyre stand in front of their Little Free Library located next to Flo’s in Blue Point.


Little free library



Every week, Patchogue resident and Pat-Med graduate Emily Rohme, 23, babysits for her best friend’s 3-year-old daughter, Lilly McIntyre. Together they visit parks across the Patchogue-Medford community, often stumbling across Little Free Libraries.

Intrigued by the little mailbox-style huts filled with books for sharing, she and Lilly made it a game to find as many as they could. All together, they found 11 in the neighboring areas including Patchogue, Medford, Sayville, Holtsville and Blue Point. Each time, they would borrow a book, read it and bring it back.

Becoming in love with the idea, Rohme’s boyfriend, Patchogue resident and Pat-Med graduate Phil Lixfield, built her one last Christmas and ever since Memorial Day, her red, white and blue Little Free Library is officially listed in the charter and can be found next to Flo’s Luncheonette on Middle Road in Blue Point. Twice a week, Rohme and Lilly visit the site to check up on it, put in new books and read the guest book. 

“It’s amazing,” she said. “We have had guests from as far as Levittown, with a total of 94 people since Memorial Day.”

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. The concept: take a book, leave a book or bring it back. 

In addition to several children’s books, adults can also find a few reads. Lilly said the book she was putting back taught her the color green.

“People from all over come and take a book — it’s a great spot,” added Rohme, pleased with her contribution to the community. “Whenever I am at Flo’s, it’s nice seeing the little kids running over to their parents and showing them a book they picked out.”

The library can also be found on Instagram at @missemmys_lfl.