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Free library set up at Quinn's Memorial Wall in Harbour Grace

Emma Peddle stands beside the new book nook set up in Bear's Cove, Harbour Grace, near the memorial wall honouring people impacted by domestic violence.
Emma Peddle stands beside the new book nook set up in Bear's Cove, Harbour Grace, near the memorial wall honouring people impacted by domestic violence. - contributed
HARBOUR GRACE, N.L. —

A place for people to reflect on the need to end domestic violence has a new neighbouring feature encouraging people to read.

Quinn's Memorial Wall recently added another section with dozens of new names displayed on butterflies.
Quinn's Memorial Wall recently added another section with dozens of new names displayed on butterflies.

A free library or book nook was recently built and set up near Quinn's Memorial Wall in Harbour Grace.

Readers can exchange one of their own books for one already inside the book nook or simply take a book to read and return once they're finished with it.

The wall, located near the Pirate's Path Trail in Bear's Cove, Harbour Grace, is named in memory of Quinn Butt. Her father Trent was convicted earlier this year of first-degree murder in her death and has since filed an appeal.

The memorial wall honours people impacted by domestic violence.

The idea for the weather-proofed book nook came from Emma Peddle, a second-cousin of Quinn from Harbour Grace.

"Me and my daughter were brainstorming," said her mother Kelly Peddle, who is also a member of the four-person committee responsible for the wall. "My daughter loves to read ... and she wanted to put the book nook there as a way to remember Quinn."

The book nook is attached to an information display the town is in the process of setting up. Kelly's husband Philip Peddle looked after its construction

People are welcome to take a book and move on or swap one for another from their own home.
People are welcome to take a book and move on or swap one for another from their own home.

The memorial wall, which was officially unveiled last December, includes panels displaying butterflies with the names of loved ones printed on them. A new section with more butterflies was recently added to the wall, bringing the total to almost 120.

Kelly Peddle said there's been talk of adding an additional section yet. The butterflies are used as a symbol of life and the names do not necessarily have specific links to domestic violence, she noted.

"The response has been overwhelming," she said. "It's a beautiful trail, and if people are walking along it's just so nice to see that your loved one's name is up on the wall. It's a great way to remember somebody.

The wall also has a section bearing the names of missing and murdered women and children in Newfoundland and Labrador. Quinn Butt's mother Andrea grew up in Harbour Grace.

The town recently added some Adirondack chairs to the area. Kelly Peddle said the committee also eventually hopes to have a little space with a picnic table and bench. The early response to the book nook has thus far been very positive, with many residents contacting her asking if they can drop books off — Kelly started things off with 35 from her own collection. She's received children's books and novels for teens to add to it.

"Any kind of book is welcomed. We want to encourage that. It's good to encourage reading."

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