MILFORD >> Pat Simon has been busy making repairs to the Little Library at Gulf Beach, replacing the rusty hinges and getting it ready to open for the season.

The Little Library is a story of active neighbors. Simon, who built it, taught and coached in the Milford school system until his retirement a few years ago.

He was assisted in building the original Library and making the repairs by his young grandsons, Julian and Tristan Sevillano.

Neighbor Cathy Collins Liontas, a former Milford art teacher who paints full-time and teaches workshops part-time at her studio Art for Everyone, provided artistic talent for the original sea creature design and is restoring the weathered paint on the Gulf Beach Little Library.

Little Libraries Chairwoman Lisa Thornell-Gargiulo said all the Little Libraries are now open.

Along with the one at Gulf Beach are the bright yellow Little Library at the Woodruff Family Y on Orange Avenue and the Little Library in front of the Firehouse Gallery, both built by Jack Button, who has also been busy making needed repairs; and the Commuter Library at the Railroad Station.

The Milford Little Libraries are a project of the Friends of the Milford Library.

They are based on the “take a book, return a book” theory. They are gathering places where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories.

In its most basic form, a Little Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

Each Little Library has volunteer stewards, responsible for overseeing and checking on the stock of books.

Stewards include Lois Barr, Amy Bringardner, Peggy Bolger, Anne Bolin, Cheryl Cappiali, Cookie Reshenk, Judy Salemme, Jane Sharma, Linda Sheehan and Committee Chairwoman Lisa Thornell-Gargiulo.