THORNDIKE — Jonas Holmes loves to read.

The Dixmont teenager is a freshman at Mount View High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 233 of Unity. As Jonas prepared to embark on his Eagle Scout project, he decided to incorporate his passion into something that would benefit others.

“I thought to myself, what would make a real difference in the community,” Jonas said. “This project combines my love for literacy with a way to improve literacy throughout RSU 3.”

Jonas designed, built, donated and installed a series of Little Free Libraries at every school within Regional School Unit 3.

His work now sits outside Mount View Middle School in Thorndike,  Monroe Elementary School, Morse Memorial School in Brooks, Troy Central School, and Walker Memorial School in Liberty.

“We are very excited about the Little Free Libraries generously donated by Jonas,” said Lisa Roux, principal of Monroe, Morse, Troy and Walker schools. “They are a wonderful addition to the front entrances of our schools and the students are very excited about being able to choose and share books.”

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes the sharing of books through exchanges made at sites throughout a community. Readers who visit these sites can take a book, or leave one for someone else to read.

“The (Little Free Library) idea combined all of the aspects of what I wanted to do,” Jonas said.

After clearing his project with Boy Scouts and RSU 3, he began research into potential designs and the materials needed for the project.

“The design is very basic,” Jonas explained. “It’s just a box with a shelf, some roofing and a weatherproof enclosure in front.”

While many Little Free Libraries are mounted on posts that are sunk into the ground and anchored with cement, Jonas opted for a different approach.

“If I mounted it in the ground I’d have to call Dig Safe and worry about underground wires,” Jonas said. “By cementing it into an aluminum tub, I don’t have to worry about that, and it can be moved if necessary.”

While the design was basic, perfecting it became important to Jonas.

“I wanted it to look great,” he said. “I put a lot of time into it. I also didn’t want it to look out of place. I like the way it came out.”

Materials for the project were donated by local stores and vendors, as were many of the books first placed in the RSU 3 Little Free Libraries.