Barnwell Girl Scouts Organize Little Free Library at Becky-David

Posted on 09/27/2019
Troop 1719 stand next to the Little Free Library


Did you hear? There’s a new library in town! Students at Barnwell Middle School organized a Little Free Library as part of a Girl Scout project to qualify for the bronze award. Troop 1719 decided to organize the project for their former elementary school, Becky-David, as a thank you for all that they learned during their time there.

Barnwell girl scouts hold up books from the Little Free Library collectionThe colorful library, located outside the main entrance to the school, provides a space for book sharing. Community members are invited to take a book and donate a book. “Some people in the community might not have many books,” said Girl Scout Kyra Landers. “The Little Free Library makes it easy for them to access some.”

Since last spring, Alex Hinsley, Ariana Larsen, Kyra Landers, Sierra Getz, Maggie Fechter, Erin Hogg, and Ayda Boerner have been working together to paint, install, and promote the Little Free Library. They also invited members of the community to participate in the project by donating books to their collection.

Little Free LibraryThe library is open to all ages and will include books from a variety of genres and reading levels. “Our main goal for this project is to help improve kids reading skills and to help the community enjoy more books,” said Hinsley. The girls reflected on the importance of the Little Free Library, especially in a world that is so focused on technology. “Reading helps grammar, it develops your speech, and it helps you to write. If you can’t read, it’s hard to participate in class,” shared Larsen.

The Girl Scouts celebrated the grand opening of their Little Free Library with a ribbon-cutting event. Over 70 people attended the ceremony and welcomed the new addition to the Becky-David community. The evening included snacks, bookmark decorating, and reading stations featuring books from the library. Community members donated over 100 books to the effort, which they will rotate in the library throughout the year.

Young girl takes a book out of the Little Free LibraryBecky-David Principal Jill Oetting worked with the students throughout the preparation process. “We are so proud of the seven Girl Scouts,” said Oetting. “They decided this would be a way for them to affect Becky-David and the surrounding community in a positive way. They are all passionate about helping the community learn to love reading.”

“Books open the imagination,” said Hinsley. “We think that books can be a big part of not just the kid’s lives, but everybody’s lives. Everybody needs that little touch of happiness.” Now that the library is up and running, the girls have plenty of ideas on how they can make the library even better. They hope to install a light for those using the library at night, as well as a dog hook for anyone who may have their furry animal with them as they look through the collection. For more information about the library, visit the Becky-David Elementary Little Free Library #91350 Facebook page for fun updates on the neighborhood hotspot!

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