Top­ton fam­ily cre­ates free lit­tle li­brary

Sa­macico’s help books con­quer threat of tech­nol­ogy so books may en­dure

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ethan Strause Brandy­wine Heights fresh­man

“Vincit qui pat­i­tur,” the Latin phrase, which means he who con­quers en­dures, is from a book called, “The In­fi­nite Sea” by Rick Yancey.

The Sa­macico’s in Top­ton are try­ing to help books con­quer the threat of tech­nol­ogy so that they may en­dure. They set up their own free li­brary on Wash­ing­ton Street.

The word “book” is start­ing to phase peo­ple in a way of dis­gust. There’s an ex­ten­sive amount of different things some­one may question when it comes to books nowa­days. Why buy a book when I can down­load it for free on­line? Why get a li­brary card when I wouldn’t have to re­turn it? If it’s once and done, what’s the point, it’ll just lay around.

The Sa­macico’s lit­tle li­brary is the best an­swer to all these ques­tions. You can still en­joy the feel of hav­ing a por­ta­ble book filled with pages of cre­ativ­ity and plot twist that won’t just die in the mid­dle of the best chap­ter and guess what? It’s ab­so­lutely free! There’s no li­brary card for the li­brary; the books are yours to keep. Then when done, re­turn the book for some­one else’s en­joy­ment or keep it; it’s up to you in the end.

If you have any books that you’re try­ing to get rid of don’t throw them out the Sa­macico’s are al­ways look­ing for new ad­di­tions to their fun quaint li­brary. This can all go hand in and with the quote from the be­gin­ning, the Sa­macico’s see what tech­nol­ogy is do­ing to the pop­u­lar­ity of books. They are try­ing to help books con­quer the threat of tech­nol­ogy so that they may en­dure and con­tinue to be and everyday item.

Quickly day by day things are be­com­ing less ad­e­quate com­pared to cer­tain types of tech­nol­ogy. News­pa­pers are close to be­ing erad­i­cated from their glory not many years ago. This fam­ily sees this and hopes to re­tain the love for books that their fam­ily has for books. I held an in­ter­view with this fam­ily and asked them some ques­tions of how this came to life, why, and who put the work into this project.

My First question to them was where it all started which DaRel Sa­macico was kind enough to an­swer, “We had seen a lit­tle free li­brary in Ge­or­gia. It looked like a movie theater. We loved it so much and didn’t re­call see­ing any in our area, so we thought that would be some­thing we could do over the sum­mer.”

I then asked the el­dest daugh­ter of the fam­ily Si­cily Sa­macico who did the in­tri­cate de­sign of the li­brary it­self. She in­formed me that in terms of dec­o­rat­ing and paint­ing she did it her­self. Si­cily is cur­rently a stu­dent at Brandy­wine Heights High School.

This lit­tle li­brary can be found out­side of the Sa­macico’s house on Wash­ing­ton Street across from the Top­ton doc­tor’s of­fice. The end goal I was in­formed is to achieve other peo­ple en­joy­ing books the way they do.

I asked the fam­ily whether or not peo­ple tend to use the li­brary. The re­sponse I re­ceived was one I was not ex­pect­ing, “At first we weren’t sure if peo­ple were us­ing it. But then we came home from be­ing away and no­ticed that there were new books in there, or there were gap­ing holes where books used to be. We started notic­ing peo­ple go­ing to it.”

One last re­quest from the mother of the fam­ily, DaRel Sa­macico, has told me that she wishes for the com­mu­nity to treat the li­brary with care, for it is not a pro­fes­sional car­pen­ter grade li­brary; it is sim­ply a DIY project that was done as a fam­ily to share a pas­sion with the rest of us.

In the end I per­son­ally hope that any­one who reads this will visit this li­brary, for Vincit qui pat­i­tur ap­plies to not just us but books and so much more. Vincit Qui Pat­i­tur


Si­cily Sa­macico and her mother DaRel Sa­macico stand be­side their lit­tle free li­brary in Top­ton.

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