This 13-year-old scout is installing little libraries in Bloomfield parks

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Darren Cristello tells the Bloomfield City Council Monday about his proposed project to install little libraries in three Bloomfield parks.

BLOOMFIELD — People visiting three parks in Bloomfield will soon see little libraries where they can exchange books. 

Darren Cristello, 13, of Bloomfield hopes the new little free libraries he is installing will encourage children to read.

Before he could install these little libraries, Cristello had to present his project to the Bloomfield City Council and receive approval.

"These little houses will provide a place for a free book exchange where kids can deposit a book or take one to read," Cristello told the City Council on Monday. 

Cristello is installing these libraries in Salmon, Chris Keffalos and Lybertee parks in an effort to become an Eagle Scout.

He said he has assembled a team to build the miniature libraries on May 11 and the installation will happen shortly afterward.

The City Council was strongly supportive of Cristello’s project when he presented it on Monday.

Councilor Matt Pennington said it is impressive for a 13 year old to be completing an Eagle Scout project. He said it takes a lot of work to get to that level.

Scouts must complete a variety of tasks, including a service project, before they earn their Eagle Scout rank. Other requirements include earning 21 merit badges and holding a leadership position for six months.

"One of my biggest regrets is I never got my Eagle," Pennington said. "I came close, but I didn't get it."

Councilor Sue Finch said it is important to encourage children to read.

“Thank you so much for adding this to Bloomfield,” she said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at