McConville creates ‘Books for Boaters’

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:00pm

Capt. Kate McConville, the administrative assistant to the Harbormaster, was outside her office at the Block Island Boat Basin directing traffic.

Boaters were looking for moorings because the town field was full, and McConville was on the radio communicating to querulous boaters who were asking if there were any moorings available. She was telling them that the Harbors Department staff was about to go out onto the Great Salt Pond to see if there were any private moorings where they could tie up.

This is what McConville does, in part: she accommodates the boaters that come to Block Island.

She started a little program that also makes the boaters happy. Last winter McConville started collecting books from island residents for what she calls the “Books for Boaters” program. Now she has a few shelves full of books at the Harbors Department office. Boaters coming in to pay for a mooring, or to get a shellfish license, leave with one book, and return with another.

“I always thought it was a good idea, and it really took off,” McConville said.