HAMDEN – Spring Glen Girl Scout Cadet Troop #60340 unveiled a “Free Library” on the playground of Spring Glen Elementary School, the culmination of a year-long project to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve and the third highest award in Girl Scouts of the USA.
The award requires the girls to independently research and implement a community project with lasting impact.
In the research phase, the girls in troop #60340 realized there are children at Spring Glen who can’t afford to buy books or can’t always get to a public library to borrow books.
The “Free Library” idea was immediately chosen since it promotes both literacy skills and community engagement with its focus on ‘Take a Book, Leave a Book.’
The girls, all 6th graders, built and painted the library with original designs. Their dedication to literacy has created a lasting mark on the community of Spring Glen School community.
As the girls head to middle school later this year, the care and upkeep of the library will be left to a junior girl scout troop at the school.
It is troop #60340’s hope the library will continue to inspire young readers in the exchange of knowledge, reading and learning for years to come.