Girl Scout Troop 9313 installs Little Free Libraries at Salem School

Girl Scout Troop 9313 of Salem has constructed two Little Free Libraries placed at Salem Grade School to earn the Bronze award. This is the highest award a Junior (4th & 5th grade) can earn. The Bronze award must address an issue in the community, be sustainable and provide a beneficial service to the community. Each girl must put in twenty hours of work towards the project to earn the award.

The girls chose to build Little Free Libraries to promote literacy at school and in the community. Building strong reading habits starts at an early age and access to books is a luxury not everyone has. By building and stocking the Little Free Libraries the scouts are providing resources for children at school and families in the community. The Little Free Library movement is based on the “take a book, leave a book” principle. A Little Free Library provides all day, year round access to books for everyone. There are over 90,000 Little Free Libraries in over 90 countries with millions of books being exchanged annually.

The girls of Troop 9313 researched different Little Free Library designs. The troop raised funds, built and painted the libraries. The girls learned basic carpentry skills and used various hand tools and power tools, many for the first time. Finally, the troop collected book donations to stock the shelves.

The two Little Free Libraries installed at Salem School Sept. 25.

(Not in pictured order) Lindsay Boldt, Rachel Bracey, Lily Garland, Lily Hendrickson, Aubrey Reeves, Trinity Shook, Gracie Taylor, Sophie Watson, Marley White, and Sophia Rasch. /Contributed photo

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